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Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Never miss an election again, thanks to a new service from the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Oklahoma voters can sign up for text or e-mail alerts for notifications of upcoming elections and reminders to renew their annual absentee ballot requests.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the system will help Oklahoma voters, making it easier to cast their vote on Election Day.

Oklahoma has notoriously low turnout for midterms and special elections, and the new service hopes to address that issue.

Lawmakers in 29 states and the District of Columbia have considered laws to automatically register voters.

Oregon, California, Vermont, West Virginia, Connecticut and Alaska all have some provision for state offices — usually through the Department of Motor Vehicles — to automatically add eligible citizens to the voter rolls unless they opt out.

Josh Robinson

43 states had a higher voter turnout than Oklahoma in the last presidential election in 2012. We wanted to know more about why the state’s voter turnout is so low.

With support from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, KOSU and KGOU are collaborating on a series called Oklahoma Engaged. In the first of several stories, we focus on the state’s changing electorate.

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Registered independents in Oklahoma will be able to vote in Democratic primaries beginning in 2016, including the presidential preferential primary on March 1.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons formally notified the state Election Board secretary on Monday that independents will be allowed to vote in any party primary election or runoff primary held over the next two years.

The change was formally approved at the Democratic Party's state convention in July. Hammons says he believes the change will help Democratic candidates appeal to more voters.

Registered independents in Oklahoma will now be able to vote in Democratic primaries.

The vote by the Oklahoma Democratic Party to allow the move came during the reconvening of its State Convention in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

With the approval, independents will be able to vote in elections as soon as September.

New Party Chairman Mark Hammons supports the move and said he believes it would help Democratic candidates appeal to more voters. Some longtime party activists contend it could water down the party's message.

Go to renew your driver's license in Oregon, and you will now be signed up to vote automatically.

It's the first state in the country with that sort of law, which is designed to make voting easier, and stands in contrast to the trend seen in the past several years in more conservative states.