The statewide candidate filing period begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, on both the state and local level.
Filing takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 11, 12 and 13. The deadline for filing as a candidate is 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, no exceptions.
Candidates for county offices file with the Secretary of the County Election Board.
Dixie Smith, county election board secretary said the following county offices will be up for re-election this year:
County Commissioner No. 1
County Commissioner No. 3
State wide offices
Candidates for state offices file with the Secretary of the State Election Board in Oklahoma City.
Those seats open include:
Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Auditor and Inspector
Commissioner of Labor
State Insurance Commissioner
Senate - Even numbered districts
House - All house seats
Tips for those filing at the state level:
- Candidates should enter at the west entrance of the State Capitol. Follow signs for candidate entry location. Filing takes place in the Oklahoma State Capitol Ground Floor (basement) West Hallway, just inside west entrance.
- Make sure you review the candidate filing checklist included on pages 10-11 of the candidate filing packet. This will ensure you have all the necessary items to file. Incomplete candidate filing paperwork cannot be accepted. You can download the candidate filing packet on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here: https://www.ok.gov/elections/documents/2018%20State%20Filing%20Packet.pdf
- A limited number of short-term parking spaces will be available to candidates in the west parking lot during filing. However, the Oklahoma State Election Board cannot guarantee parking. Consider having someone drop you off near the capitol, and give yourself plenty of time to get into the building given the potential for large crowds.
- Candidates should have their completed paperwork including their Declaration of Candidacy available to show State Troopers or other staff controlling access to parking and the west entrance.
- Space in the west hallway will be limited. Those accompanying candidates may be required to enter via the regular public entrances and may have to wait in line to get into the building.
- Candidates may allow a proxy to deliver their paperwork or have it delivered via U.S. Mail or a delivery service provided it arrives between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 11-13. However, a proxy cannot amend candidate paperwork, and incomplete paperwork cannot be accepted.
- Peak times for filing are usually Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. Candidates are responsible for making sure they arrive by the deadline of 5 p.m. each day. Anyone who is not in line to file by 5 p.m. with all completed paperwork will not be allowed to file.
For more information on candidate filing, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Candidate_Info/Candidate_Filing/index.html
For more election-related information, persons interested may contact the County Election Board at 918-253-8762. Declaration of Candidacy forms are available at www.elections.ok.gov