How Have Oklahoma Elections Been Affected By COVID-19?

April 7, 2020 Municipal and County Elections

 What elections are on April 7th?

  • 74 Oklahoma Counties have school district, municipal, county, and technology districts have regularly scheduled elections on April 7th.

What changes because of the Coronavirus?

  • On March 18th, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax declared an election emergency for all local elections across the state. This allows local election boards to reschedule their elections to June 30th, should they adopt an emergency declaration. Voters who have questions about whether or not an election will be rescheduled are encouraged to contact the local government that scheduled the election.

June 30, 2020 Federal, State, and Legislative Election

What elections are on June 30th?

  • One U.S. Senator for a six-year term.
  • Five U.S. Representatives, each nominated and elected by district for a two-year term. (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • One Corporation Commissioner for a six-year term.
  • 25 Oklahoma State Senators nominated and elected from each odd-numbered Senate District for a four-year term.
  • 101 Oklahoma State Representatives nominated and elected from each of the 101 House of Representative Districts for a two-year term.

When is candidate filing for the June 30, 2020 elections?

  • April 8-10, 2020. In-person filing will be at the State Capitol, and candidates are able to mail their declarations of candidacy to the State Election Board.

What changes because of the Coronavirus?

  • Candidate filing will still be held from April 8-10. While in-person filing will be available at the State Capitol, candidates are encouraged to send their paperwork and cashier’s check by overnight mail to arrive during April 8-10. This will allow for proper social distancing while ensuring filing goes smoothly. 

Are Oklahoma Elections going to be delayed because of COVID-19?

Currently, Oklahoma Election officials do not expect delays other than possibly for the regularly scheduled April 7th municipal and county elections.

What Options Do Oklahomans Have If They Don’t Want To Vote In Person?

Oklahoma is one of 34 states that allows voters to cast their ballot early through the mail without giving a reason. If the threat from COVID-19 continues to grow, Oklahoma Election Officials encourage Oklahomans to explore absentee ballot options. To apply for an absentee ballot or learn more, click here.


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