Early voting begins on Thursdays

A new state law which took effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma.

Now, early voting begins on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said. Saturday early voting is also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for federal and state elections only. Early voting is no longer conducted on Monday.

These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in 2013. As a result, Thursday, July 9 is the first day for in-person absentee, aka “early” voting, in the July 14 City of Sand Springs Special Election, as well as a Special Democratic Primary Election for State House District 73, Bryant said.

The new law also adjusts the hours for Saturday in-person absentee voting. Saturday voting now takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bryant explained that during federal and state elections such as this one, voter turnout is often heavier and providing early voting on Saturday gives voters an additional opportunity to vote before election day.

More information is available at www.elections.ok.gov.