The Legislature may consider the following policy changes:
Requiring that any future changes to Oklahoma’s election processes or voting equipment maintain the statewide uniformity of the election system.
Requiring post-election audits by the State Election Board. Current statutes permit the audits, but do not require them.
Requiring risk limiting audits to be conducted by the State Election Board, contingent upon the purchase of updated voting technology.
Exempt voting equipment from approval requirements under Title 74, Section 85.5.
Expand the use of Nursing Home Absentee Boards to include residents at Assisted Living and Residential Care Facilities who have limited mobility.
Requiring county election boards to count absentee ballots in a single room that is accessible to the public.
Changing the name of the State Election Board agency to the State Election Agency or Bureau to avoid confusion with the State Election Board.
Changing the statutory term of “in-person absentee” voting to “early voting” to clarify the types of voting available to the electorate.
Summary of Agency Recommendations
The Agency should:
Indicate the postage required on the upper right-hand corner of the outer mailing envelope for mail in ballots.
Clarify for county election boards:
Whether two properly notarized ballots may be mailed in a single outer envelope.
Whether a signed and notarized ballot must also include the date signed.
Clarify the voter instructions provided with the absentee ballot to describe the steps needed to notarize a ballot. Include a link to the State Election Board website for a list of free notary publics in their area.
Require two staff or board members be physically present with the ballots at all times when transporting unlocked ballots between rooms, such as what occurs in large counties.
Clarify that each lock on the absentee storage boxes must use a unique key.
Modify absentee ballot rejection categories to distinguish between incorrect notarization or lack of notarization.