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New Oklahoma law changes ‘early’ voting to the prior Thursday and Friday.

A new state law which took effect on Nov. 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins a day earlier—on Thursday—and continues on Friday, Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider said today. Of special note, all early voting on Monday is discontinued.

These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013. As a result,Thursday, January 9, 2014 is the first day for in-person absentee aka “early” voting, in the January 14, 2014 Special Election, Schneider explained.

To recap, the changes which became effective on Nov. 1, 2013:

In-person absentee “early” voting now occurs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday preceding all elections. Previously, early voting began on Friday and continued on Monday.

Under the new statute, Monday voting is discontinued entirely.

​More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, is available atwww.elections.ok.gov.