ADA — Some Oklahoma voters will be required to show identification when they vote this year in a federal election, State Election Board Secretary Michael Clingman said today.

“Voters who registered by mail will be asked for identification when they vote in a federal election for the first time,” Clingman said. “This is required by a federal law called the Held America Vote Act,” he added.

Identification will be required for first-time voters at the Nov. 7 general election.

Clingman said several forms of identification are acceptable, including a current photo identification; the voter identification card issued by the County Election Board when the voter registration was approved; a government document that shows the voter’s name and address; a copy of a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck that shows the voter’s name and address.

“This is a new requirement, and Oklahoma voters are not used to being asked for identification at the polls unless the precinct officials are unable to find their names in the precinct registry,” Clingman said. “Election officials across Oklahoma encourage all voters to take identification with them when they go to vote this year.”

A voter who does not have any form of identification at the polls still will be able to vote, but the ballot will not be put in the voting device. Instead, it will be sealed in a special envelope and kept separate until information provided by the voter can be verified. Once verified at the County Election Board office, the ballot will be counted and included in the final election results, Clingman said.