Wednesday, November 25, 2020

OBA and State Election Board hold press conference announcing plan to aid absentee voters

The Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Oklahoma State Election Board held a joint press conference on June 5 to announce a plan for banks across the state to offer free absentee voting services to all Oklahoma voters.

“Community banks across Oklahoma are excited for the opportunity to make absentee voting easier for all Oklahomans,” OBA Chief of Staff/EVP Adrian Beverage said.

Participating institutions will offer one or more of the following services to voters:
• Free ID copy (lobby and/or drive-thru).
• Free absentee ballot notarization (lobby and/or drive-thru).

In addition OBA member banks, other participating entities include members of the Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Credit Union Association. Voters can find a list of participating banks and credit unions at elections.ok.gov. Services and hours may vary by location.

“Banks and credit unions are in almost every community in Oklahoma. They’re our neighbors and community partners and they realize the importance of democracy. That’s why we’re excited to work with these financial institutions to ensure that every voter—both customers and non-customers alike—have free and convenient absentee services available to them,” Secretary of the State Election Board Paul Ziriax said.

If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Adrian Beverage at the OBA (405-424-5252), or Pam Slater, director of support services at the State Election Board (405-521-2391).