The Oklahoma statewide primary election date for Republicans and Democrats is Tuesday, June 28.
In-person mail-in voting, more commonly known as “early voting” in Oklahoma, is available to all voters. No apology is necessary. You can vote early in your county at your designated early voting location from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday (June 23) and Friday (June 24) before the election.
You can also vote on Saturday (June 25) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More Oklahoma voters are taking advantage of the early voting option, with some counties having up to 25% of the votes cast before Election Day.
First, the selection of candidates was difficult in 2022.
A major reason is the short time between deposition and primer. For the 2022 election, filing was April 13-15 in the earlier state. The primary won’t take place until 75 days later, giving voters little time to sort through the campaign propaganda flooding their mailboxes.
There are nine (9) statewide races in the June 28 GOP primary ballot, with more than 40 candidates. The average voter does not know who is running for what office and often relies on the propaganda provided by the candidate (letters/TV ads) to make their voting decision.
Name recognition, tenure and the ability to raise funds from donors become a huge advantage in a short campaign season. The voting record and politics take a back seat.
Candidates avoid “squeezing the flesh”, because they don’t have time… because the deadline is so short.
To quote Pappy O’Daniel: “We are not one at a time here. We communicate en masse!
Candidates run ads and send letters that cast themselves in a positive light and portray their opponent as a pinhead, incompetent, socialist, liberal who hates Oklahoma, America, baseball, and apple pie.
Campaigns are banking on the fact that voters are too busy worrying about the price of food and gas to really pay attention. Exaggeration, amplification and hyperbole rule. Voters should do their homework before casting their sacred vote.
Second, an elected official’s voting record is in the public domain.
Incumbents often say it’s a dirty campaign if an opponent attacks their political positions, but honest elected officials should be prepared to run based on their voting record.
If an incumbent’s challenger honestly attacks their opponent’s voting record, it’s fair game. The key is “honestly”. Misrepresenting or perverting an elected official’s voting record reveals unethical character traits.
Third, every candidate is imperfect.
Until Jesus Christ is on the ballot, voters always elect the lesser of two evils. Every candidate/elected will make mistakes no matter what they tell you.
Because man was born with an inherent sinful nature, voters will never find the perfect candidate. Voters must choose candidates to whom they can turn their backs.
President Thomas Jefferson said, “We don’t have majority government. We have a majority government that participates.
Normally, around 50% of those eligible to vote in midterm elections show up. Many of those who show up are uninformed and do not do their homework before entering the voting booth.
The Bible says a wise person seeks counsel. Voters should seek out people they trust who are consistently engaged in the political process and ask them for advice on the races.
They should look for candidates and interview them about politics. Ask them precise, pointed and specific questions and let them answer. Do not take their answers at face value. Look for candidates who are capable, component, trustworthy and eager to serve.
Above all, pray for God to guide you through the verification process. Never in American history has there been a greater need for godly, honest, and ethical leaders.