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Voters cast their ballots for the 2018 general election at the McClain County Election Board in Purcell.
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Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls – a controversial practice voting-rights advocates say can lead to disenfranchised voters.

Update: 11:18 p.m.

Republican Kevin Stitt has defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell to become Oklahoma's next governor. The Tulsa businessman is a political newcomer who largely campaigned on his business background.

With nearly 89 percent of the vote tallied, Stitt leads Edmondson as the top vote-getter by a margin of 54.7 percent to 41.9 percent.

Members of the state Senate are shown here in May 2018. Seven of the 48 senators are women.
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Before the first vote was even cast in Oklahoma’s elections this year, women had already made history.

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt, R-Oklahoma City.
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Republican state Sen. David Holt has filed bills to make changes to Oklahoma election laws, including allowing voting by mail.

The bills filed Wednesday include one to move Oklahoma to a mail election in 2020.

Another bill would create a "top two" system in which all candidates would appear on the ballot in August and, if none receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters would advance to the November election.

AG: Electronic Voter Registration Signatures Improper

Oct 3, 2014
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A recent Attorney General’s Office opinion has deemed electronic signatures on voter registration applications invalid.

The technology, called the Allpoint Pen, allows someone to use their finger on an electronic tablet or a computer’s mouse to sign their name, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax explained.

The device then mimics the person’s signature and places it on a document, in this case a voter registration application.

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More than two million Oklahomans will be eligible to vote in November’s general election, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Election Board.

About 2,014,000 Oklahomans are registered to vote, a net increase of more than 35,000 since Jan. 15, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax reported Wednesday.

Republicans now make up the largest share of voters since 1960 when the board began compiling statewide voter registration statistics, accounting for 43.6 percent of voters. Democrats make up 43.8 percent of the voters and still outnumber the GOP, according to the State Election Board, just 5,100 voters more than Republicans.

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Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters have until Friday Aug. 1 to register to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election.

Voter registration forms can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board's website. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either register in person or mail their registration forms in and have them postmarked by the deadline.