By Traci Chapman
Candidate filing packets are now online for individuals who wish to run for county, judicial, district attorney, state or federal 2022 faces.
April 13 through April 15 are the scheduled candidate filing dates for those types of offices up for election in 2022. Completed packets must be submitted during those dates; anyone wishing to submit documentation for federal, state, legislative, judicial or district attorney offices are required to file candidacy paperwork with the Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, located at the state capitol; Anyone submitting candidacy applications for county offices must do so with their county election board, Canadian County Election Board clerk Jennifer Schweitzer said Monday.
Filing hours at both locations were designated from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 through 15, officials said.
The state election board office is located at 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room G28 in Oklahoma City; Canadian County Election Board is located at 200 S. Bickford Ave. in El Reno.
Filing packets contain a host of information for would-be candidates, including filing instructions, qualifications, fee and date and deadline information, as well as the declaration of candidacy that must be submitted to the election board. Declarations must be signed and notarized to be valid.
Information concerning filing fees specific to certain offices can be found on the state election board office website at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/candidates/2022-candidate-filing-information.html; all fees must be paid by cashier’s or certified check made payable to “secretary of the state election board” or “secretary of the county election board,” as appropriate, officials said.
Candidate filing packets can be found on the state election board website at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/candidates/2022-candidate-filing-information.html. Contact information for that office may also be found online at https://oklahoma.gov/elections/about-us/contact-us.html.
UPCOMING 2022 ELECTION DATES
Candidate filing for an April 5 general election for school board candidates was held in December. In Yukon, incumbent Leonard Wells will face challenger Paul Gerber for the Office No. 2 Board of Education seat during that April election.
A June 28 primary will feature federal, state, judicial and county races. Last day to register to vote in that election is June 3 and deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 13. Early voting will be held Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, June 28.
For any contests that require a runoff election, that was scheduled to be held Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last day to register for that election is July 29; absentee ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. Aug. 8, election board officials said.
Early voting for the runoff is set for Thursday and Friday Aug. 18 and Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The final election of 2022 is the Nov. 8 general election.
Anyone wishing to register to vote for that election must do so by Oct. 14 and request an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. Oct. 24. Early voting will include an extra day – Wednesday, Nov. 2. Like Thursday and Friday early voting for the general election, that will be available each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
PARTY AFFILIATION CHANGE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31
Any voters wishing to change party affiliation before the bulk of 2022 elections must do so before March 31.
Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold said the change may be completed online or by submitting a new voter registration application to the election board office.
No party changes are allowed between April 1 and Aug. 31 during even-numbered years, pursuant to state statute.
“If we receive your request after March 31, we are required by law to hold that request and process it in September,” Armold said.
Oklahoma has three recognized parties: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian.
In Oklahoma, voters must be a registered member of a party in order to vote in that party’s primary election. Independents are permitted to participate in a primary election only if a party officially requests its elections be opened to Independent voters.
Only Oklahoma’s Democratic Party allows registered Independents to cast a vote in its primary elections. Republican and Libertarian registered voters only may cast a vote in those parties’ primary elections in Oklahoma.
All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate during a general election.
Party affiliation can be changed on the Oklahoma State Election Board Oklahoma Voter Portal, located online at https://www.oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp; a voter registration application may also be downloaded from the state election board website by going to https://www.oklahoma.gov/elections.
More information about voting requirements, which races a particular voter may cast a ballot in, sample ballots in much more is available on the state election board website, located at https://oklahoma.gov/elections.html; residents may also obtain specific information through the Oklahoma Voter Portal, accessed by going online to https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html.
For more information from Canadian County Election Board office, call (405) 422-2422 or send an email to CanadianCounty@elections.ok.gov.