Elections typically take place on Tuesdays, so it's appropriate that Sept. 24 was designated as National Voter Registration Day.
The Grady County Election Board announced they will be participating in the nationwide event that encourages residents to celebrate democracy.
Those who need to register or update their information are invited to stop by the Grady County Election Board on Sept. 24 during office hours. Staff will be on hand to help residents fill out a voter registration form and/or to answer any questions. Residents may also call the election board office.
"We'll be happy to help," Grady County Election Board Acting Secretary, Denise Robinett said in a news release.
While National Voter Registration Day is an effort to encourage civic engagement, Robinett said it is more than a one-day event.
"Registering is the first step in exercising your right to vote, but it's up to each individual to make sure they are registered and to keep their registration up-to-date. National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder that in a representative democracy, we all have a responsibility to register and vote," Robinett said.
For those who are unable to register or update their information on Sept. 24, the good news is that voter registration applications may be submitted any time.
Applications are available on the Oklahoma State Election Board website at www.elections.ok.gov. Applications can also be found at public libraries, post offices and many tag agencies in the county.
Current voters may also visit the website to update their information using the Online Voter Tool.
For more information on registering to vote or updating information, contact the Grady County Election Board at 405-224-1430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Grady County Election Board is located at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register to vote in Oklahoma:
- You must be 18 years old on or before an election in which you are eligible to vote.
- You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Oklahoma.
- You must affirm you have not been convicted of a felony or if you have been convicted, you have fully served your sentence of court-mandated calendar days, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.
- You must affirm that you are not under judgment as an incapacitated person.