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College Students: Guide to the Polls

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With the Presidential Election 34 days away, less than half of 18 to 24 year olds are registered to vote, according to the United States Census Bureau. 

Oklahoma State’s library provides election and voting resources on its website. The website provides links to important voting dates, the ACLU’s voting rights guide and the Ok Voter Portal.

In-State Voters

Students, who live in Oklahoma when not attending OSU, can register to vote using the Ok Voter Portal. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9. 

Students can vote via mail-in ballot, absentee ballot or in person. Voters can request an absentee ballot, find voting site locations, and verify voter information from this website

In order to register, students need to provide an Oklahoma driver's license or the last four digits of their Social Security number. 

Oklahoma is also allowing a no-excuse absentee ballot due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 27 and the ballot must be received by the county election office by 7 p.m on Nov. 3.

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day and social distancing will be enforced.  

At each voting site, voting booths will be placed six feet apart, social distancing guides will be marked with tape, and voting surfaces will be wiped down frequently.

Out of State Voters

Students, who live outside of Oklahoma when not attending OSU, can register to vote using their college campus address or their permanent home address. Students can also submit absentee ballots if still registered using their home state address and are attending school out of state. 

If this is not feasible, students can change their existing voter registration to the state they are currently attending college in, but can not be registered in two states at once. 

Each state's absentee ballot rules are different, but students can visit nass.org to find their states' mail in ballot rules.

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