Voting

A voter marks her ballot at a polling station in Bixby. 

MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file

Correction: This editorial originally incorrectly described why online voter registration has not been implemented following a 2015 legislative authorization. State Election Secretary Paul Ziriax says online voter registration has not been implemented because the Department of Public Safety driver's license system has not yet been updated to verify information submitted and to retrieve an electronic signature, both of which are required by law. He says the Department of Public Safety computer upgrade is in process and the election board should have sufficient federal funding to pay for online registration when that is completed. The editorial has been corrected.


Since 2012, a coalition of groups has set aside the second Tuesday in September as National Voter Registration Day.

Positioned just after Labor Day’s traditional beginning of the political season and safely ahead of the closing of state voting ranks for November elections, the event added more than 800,000 additional voters to the nation’s voting rolls last year.

If you think you’re a registered voter, pull out your card and check to make sure all the information is correct. If you aren’t registered, get registered. It’s easy and essential when Election Day rolls around.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa will have registration desks at Rudisill, Hardesty and Martin Regional Libraries and Phillips Theological Seminary.

New voters can also download a registration form at the Oklahoma Election Board website; registered voters can electronically update information, including a new addresses or party affiliation, at the site.

Registering to vote has gotten easier in the electronic age, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be easier still.

Oklahoma law has authorized online registration of voters since 2015. Thirty-seven other states and Washington, D.C., have full online registration.

It’s every eligible citizen’s duty to vote, but before you can vote, you have to register. The state’s corresponding duty is to make sure the registration process is simple, efficient and excludes only those who are ineligible to vote. There’s no reason that can’t be accomplished online as well as it happens in a library.

With computer tabulation and retention of auditable paper ballots, Oklahoma’s voting system sets a standard of best practices for other states. Surely, our registration process can at least meet the standard set by most other states, as well.


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