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Originally posted October 11, 2012
By Tulsa World's Editorials Writers
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
If you haven't registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election, time is running short. The deadline to register or change political affiliation is midnight Friday.
Those who have never been registered to vote or who are not currently registered in the county where they live and people who are registered but who need to change their registration information can apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, Oct. 12.
Applications postmarked afterward still will be accepted and processed, but the application will not be approved nor will the voter be eligible to vote until after the general election.
The right to vote is Americans' greatest privilege and their greatest duty. Anyone who says that voting doesn't matter need look no further than how close some elections are. Fewer than three votes, for instance, separated two candidates, Democrat Dan Arthrell and Republican Katie Henke, in a special election last spring to fill the District 71 House seat.
The case went through a recount and all the way to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The election ultimately was voided. Those candidates are opposing each other in the Nov. 6 election.
Applications are available at most post offices, most public libraries, and all tag agencies. Forms are available on the Internet at http://www.ok.gov/elections/ But remember, applications found on the Internet must be downloaded, printed, filled out, signed and mailed or hand delivered by midnight Friday to the Tulsa County Election Board or Oklahoma State Election Board.
The general election is less than four weeks away. Ballots will include six state questions, two propositions pertaining to the Vision2 sales tax extension as well as multiple state and federal races.
Time is short. If you're not on the rolls, get on them. Voting matters.