Tulsa County Election Board Chairman Patty Bryant urges voters to be aware that effective July 1, 2011, State Question 746, also known as the “voter ID law,” and which was overwhelming approved by 74% of Oklahoma voters, goes into effect. Voters should know that when they go to vote after July 1, 2011, every voter will be asked for proof of identity whether they are voting at the polls or voting early at the County Election Board.
Documents used for proof of identity for voting purposes must have been issued by the federal, state, or a tribal government and must include the voter’s name, photograph, and an expiration date after the date of the election. Voters also may use their voter identification card or a temporary voter identification document issued by the County Election Board.
A valid Oklahoma driver’s license or a voter identification card will be the most common forms of identification used as proof of identity for voting purposes. Other forms of acceptable identification include a state identification card, a passport, or a military identification card.
No matter the form of proof of identity presented by a voter, the voter’s name in the Precinct Registry and the voter’s name on the proof of identity must “substantially conform.” In other words, the names must match. Voters need to consider updating their voter registration information so that it matches their form of identification.
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