What do you need to know about the new Voter ID Law?
The proof of identity law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.
A document used for proof of identity for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.
The law requires any document used for proof of identity for voting to contain the following information:
- the name of the person to whom it was issued
- a photograph of the person to whom it was issued
- an expiration date that is after the date of the election
The law also requires the voter's name on the proof of identity document to "substantially conform" to the voter's name in the Precinct Registry. In other words, your name on your proof of identity must match your name in the Precinct Registry.
The following documents may be used for proof of identity for voting:
- an Oklahoma driver license
- a State Identification Card*
- a passport
- a military identification
* A State Identification card issued to a person 65 years of age or older does not have an expiration date but is, by law, a valid proof of identity for voting.
In addition, voters may use the voter identification card they received by mail from the County Election Board when they registered to vote. The law allows use of the voter identification card even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.