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Oklahoma Supreme Court Makes Voting Easier During Pandemic

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On Monday, the State Supreme Court ruled absentee ballots do not need to be notarized.

Justices barred the State Election Board from issuing ballots or other election materials suggesting notarization is required.

The high court says a statement signed, dated and made under the penalty of perjury by a voter is adequate for submitting an absentee ballot by mail.

The League of Women Voters and two Oklahomans at high risk of contracting the coronavirus sued to make it easier for residents to cast absentee ballots by mail.

"This decision will make voting by mail more accessible and protect our hard-working poll workers from unnecessary exposure," said Rep. Jason Dunnington (D-Oklahoma City). "Most importantly, it will make sure Oklahomans don’t have to choose between their health and their democracy on June 30.”

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax opposes doing away with the notary requirement because of concerns about voter fraud.

You can request an absentee ballot on the state election board website at OK.gov.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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