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Stitt extends emergency, ensures new voting rule

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt extended a statewide emergency declaration on Friday, ensuring Oklahoma voters can cast absentee ballots in November without having their ballots notarized or witnessed by two people.

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Because the state of emergency will be in place within 45 days of the election, voters who cast their ballots by mail will only need to include a photocopy of their photo identification or their voter registration card.

The state of emergency due to COVID-19 has been in place since March 15. The declaration, among other things, authorizes state agencies to make emergency purchases, limits out-of-state travel for state workers and allows all occupational licenses to automatically extend.

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