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Did you know? Write-in votes are illegal in Oklahoma

While write-in votes are legal in 34 states, Oklahoma is not one of them. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - Many Oklahoma voters are unhappy with the two major candidates for President of the United States.

While there is a third-party candidate on the ballot in Oklahoma, many have discussed a desire to have other options, but that's not going to be the case until the 2020 election. While write-in votes are legal in 34 states, Oklahoma is not one of them. This is one of nine states where they are completely illegal.

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said the system simply is not set up to deal with write-in votes. Each ballot has a small rectangular box next to the name of each candidate, and a box must be filled in to cast a vote.

The voting machines aren't capable of recording any other information that's outside the boxes. Bryant said if you do get ink on other areas of the ballot, the voting machine will eject it.

Then, a poll worker will offer you another ballot and destroy the damaged one they call "spoiled."

Bryant said if you choose to continue with the damaged ballot, only the race that's been improperly marked won't be counted. Any valid vote will be registered by the voting machine.



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