According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, only 49 percent of students ages 18-29 voted in the 2012 election.
Election season is coming in a month. Non-Oklahomans have a short amount of time to ensure their votes make it to the ballot box. The earlier out of state voters cast a ballot the better.
“The best way to vote from out of state is the absentee ballot,” said Grant Reynolds, President of the College Republicans ORU Chapter.
Students can vote three ways by registering early, registering to vote in Oklahoma or requesting an absentee ballot.
Voting by early registration requires the individual to travel home and vote in a designated location. Although early registration prevents worry of uncounted ballots it’s not always an easy task.
“Living 10 and a half hours away makes it difficult to get up and travel home to put in an early ballot,” said Gabriel Griffin, Chaplain for the ORU Christian Legal Society.
Voting by Oklahoma registration can get tricky. A voter has to be a resident of the state.
The most convenient way for a college student to exercise their Second Amendment right is an absentee ballot.
Absentee voting from out of state is not a quick click of a button, but it is simple. In order for this process to go smoothly, request a form as soon as possible. It can take two or three weeks to get an absentee ballot.
To request the ballot, you must register in your residing state. After registering, the state government site will have a link to request an absentee ballot. The form will ask for Social Security, the reason for the absentee ballot and your political party. Once the form is completed you must mail it to the county in which you live and the first step is over.
Once the ballot arrives in the mail, it’s necessary to mail the ballot back immediately after receiving it in order to meet the deadline.
“There are students on campus who are very involved in politics and educated, but just need a spark to vote,” said Reynolds.
With advanced technology, it is possible to keep up with the political system and make educated decisions no matter where you are. The first step in having your voice heard in government is getting access to a ballot.
“It’s not very hard, but it is about time management,” said Griffin. “Being out of state is not an excuse to not do your civic duty as an American Citizen.”