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Voter registration deadline looming, here's how to register
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Voter registration deadline looming, here's how to register

Voter registration deadline looming, here's how to register
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Ballots delivered to Tulsa County Election Board from voting precincts

Voter registration deadline looming, here's how to register

Oklahoma law requires a voter to be registered 24 days prior to an election.

For the Nov. 6 elections, the state has set midnight of Friday, Oct. 12 as the deadline.

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant says her office will remain open until midnight that night for just that reason.

For those who plan to mail in their form, Bryant says as long the envelope is postmarked on the 12th or earlier it will be a valid registration.

Literally dozens of locations offer the registration forms.

Voters can visit the election board website (or click THIS LINK) to fill out the form online, then print it out and mail it in.

All tag agencies in Oklahoma are required to have the forms.

Most libraries, and many QuikTrip locations also carry them.

"QuikTrip has also started helping us," Bryant told KRMG. "They're a great business partner. They keep them back by the ATM machines."

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