OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Democratic Party is suing the State Election Board over several voting procedures they say "severely burden" the right of Oklahomans to vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are asking a federal judge to declare several of Oklahoma's voting provisions unconstitutional.

In the lawsuit filed this week, the Democratic groups ask a judge to block the state from enforcing the state's notary requirement so long as absentee voters have signed their ballot affidavit. The lawsuit calls the notary requirement or the alternative requirement that voters must submit a copy of an identification card with their absentee ballot, "onerous and unnecessarily burdensome."

Oklahoma's GOP-controlled Legislature and Gov. Kevin Stitt recently reinstated the state's notary requirement for absentee ballots. They also added some provisions to state law that makes some exceptions if Oklahoma is in a state of emergency before upcoming elections.

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