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Deadline This Week For Voter Registration

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A deadline is nearing for voters who want to take part in Oklahoma’s Presidential Primary on February 5th. A deadline is nearing for voters who want to take part in Oklahoma’s Presidential Primary on February 5th.
It's important to remember that Oklahoma has a closed primary system. It's important to remember that Oklahoma has a closed primary system.
You can pick up voter registration forms at libraries, post offices and tag agencies. You can pick up voter registration forms at libraries, post offices and tag agencies.

A deadline is Friday for voters who want to take part in Oklahoma's Presidential Primary on February 5th. You have until Friday to register to vote. The News On 6's Chris Wright reports county election boards say it's been busy all week, as both Republicans and Democrats scramble to make sure their vote counts next month.

In Muskogee, the presidential primary ballots, listing both the Republican and Democratic candidates, have already arrived. Volunteers have begun testing the balloting machines, and workers fielded calls from potential voters all afternoon on Wednesday. Residents streamed into the election board office to make sure their paperwork is in order before January 11th.

"It's an important election year, and I want to make sure that my vote counts," said Tim Bales of Muskogee County.

"Because if I don't have a voter registration card, I think, I'm not sure, and if I'm not living where I used to live, they may not let me vote," added Annette Griffin of Muskogee.

To register, you need to provide a valid address, political affiliation, driver's license and social security number. If you can't make it to your county election board office, the form is also available online. Election workers say they are encouraged by strong turnouts in Iowa and New Hampshire and hope Oklahomans will be as enthusiastic on February 5th.

Muskogee County expects things to remain busy over the next few days as people continue to come in to get registered and beat that deadline.

"Business is picking up in Muskogee County. Counter traffic has been very heavy, and the telephones have been ringing," Ellen Thames with the Muskogee County Election Board.

And voters say all the last minute paperwork is worth it, as long as they can take part in the process.

"I want to make sure that four, five, six years down the road that I participated. I don't want to gripe about what's going on if I didn't participate in it," said Tim Bales of Muskogee County.

You can pick up voter registration forms at libraries, post offices and tag agencies. It's also important to remember that Oklahoma has a closed primary system. That means Republicans receive a Republican ballot. Democrats receive a Democratic ballot. And, if you register as an independent, you will not be able to vote February 5th.

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