OKLAHOMA CITY — Almost 50,000 Oklahomans have already cast their ballots for the upcoming presidential election.
Early voting is proving to be very popular this year.
The state election board is encouraging voters to request a ballot to vote early. Oklahoma voters have until next Wednesday to request an absentee ballot, which has to be turned in by November 8th.
But, the election board is discouraging a few other voting practices.
Candidate hats and buttons and stickers and shirts are a hit at rallies for Trump and Hillary.
Election secretary Paul Ziriax requests voters leave them at home when they go to vote.
The practice of advocating for a candidate at a polling place is called “electioneering” and it can score you a year in jail or a $10,000 fine.
“So, wearing something like a hat or a button or even a bumper sticker on your car any kind of discussion or advocacy while you’re at the polling place, those would be considered a violation,” Ziriax said.
In Oklahoma, it’s pretty much against the law to post a ballot box selfie.
There’s no specific statute on selfies, but there is a law against disclosing your vote at the polling place.
“Our recommendation is don’t do a selfie and post it on Twitter or Facebook,” Ziriax said. “But definitely don’t do it while you’re at the polling place.”
Voter fraud is a hot topic this year.
Ziriax is 100 percent confident in the state’s paper ballot, computerized tally system.
“You can be very confident in Oklahoma that we have the technology and the procedures in place to protect your vote and make sure your vote is going to count on election day.”