Voter registration closes Friday at 5 p.m.
This election season is huge, meaning there are many offices up for election — most for four-year terms. The decisions are too important to our state's future for the electorate to be apathetic.
The whole process, which has been ongoing since last year, begins its first round later this month, with the June 26 Democratic and Republican primaries for at least nine state offices, including U.S. Representative, various state legislative district offices, and a few county offices.
Who can vote? U.S. citizens and Oklahoma residents who are age 18 or older may apply to become registered voters.
But you can't participate if you are not qualified. At 5 p.m. Friday, voter registration ends at the election board offices, Room 205, at the Comanche County Courthouse. Those who are not registered will not get to vote on June 26.
Democrats and Republicans have a long list of candidates for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, auditor and inspector, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner, corporation commissioner, U.S. representatives and state legislatures.
Republicans and Libertarians have closed primaries. That means only registered Republicans can vote for GOP candidates, and only registered Libertarian candidates can vote for Libertarians. Democrats, however, allow independent voters to cast ballots in the Democratic Party primary. Unlike Texas, for instance, there is no cross-over primary balloting.
Also, voters in eastern and western Comanche County will have a choice for county commissioner. Western area residents will also have candidates for state senate. As the date nears, The Lawton Constitution will publish sample ballots.
Election board officials said Wednesday that there have been many requests to change parties that have been denied. The deadline to do so was in April. Residents may change parties in September after the primaries are over.
— The Lawton Constitution