Lincoln County residents who intend to change their political affiliation need to register no later than May 31, said Melissa Stambaugh, secretary of the Lincoln County Election Board.
Affiliation changes are not allowed between June 1 and Aug. 31. Only new voter registrations, name changes and changes of address may be processed during this time.
Each political party may nominate one candidate per office for the November general election. If two or more candidates from the same party file for one office, the party nominee is selected at either the primary or run-off primary election.
Only voters registered in a political party can vote to select that party’s nominee. Voters not registered in a party (Independents) cannot vote for party candidates in primary elections. Oklahoma has two recognized political parties in 2008; the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
Registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, may vote for any candidate at the November general election, and for state or local questions at any election.
Applications to register to vote, or to change political affiliation are available at the Lincoln County Election Board office, located in the courthouse in Chandler. They also are available at post offices and public libraries within the county and at most political party and candidate campaign offices.
Business hours for the election board office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information call (405) 258-1349.