By Jeff Shultz
The Garvin County Election Board now has sample ballots for the March 3 presidential preferential primary.
The election will narrow down who will represent the Democrat and Republican parties in the November general election.
On the Democratic ballot, voters will have 14 candidates to choose from, including Elizabeth Warren, Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.
Also on the ballot will be former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
There are some candidates listed on the ballot who have already dropped out of the race for president, but they missed the deadline to have their names withdrawn from the ballot.
President Donald Trump has five challengers for his re-election bid on the Republican ballot.
Trump is being challenged by Zoltan G. Istvan, Roque Rocky De La Fuente, Bob Ely; Matthew John Matern and Joe Walsh.
The Garvin County Election Board offers the following tips when voting in the primary:
•Eligible voters may cast only one ballot for the presidential preferential primary.
•Voters must be a registered member of the party for which they intend to cast a ballot. (For example, Republicans may vote in the Republican presidential primary. Democrats may vote in the Democratic presidential primary.)
•Independents are allowed to vote in the Democratic presidential primary only. The Democratic Party is the only recognized party in Oklahoma that currently allows Independents to vote in its primaries. Independents are defined as voters registered without a party affiliation.
•The purpose of the presidential preferential primary is to allow all recognized parties in Oklahoma to send delegates to their party’s national convention. The delegates are responsible for casting votes for the candidates they are assigned to, which represent the popular vote.
•Each party is responsible for choosing the presidential candidate that will be on the ticket in November.
If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to register again for the presidential preferential primary election.
If you are not registered to vote, you can download an application at elections.ok.gov or contact the Garvin County Election Board at 405-238-3303.
The last day to register for the presidential preferential primary is February 7.
Registered voters may verify their registration and political affiliation using the State Election Board’s OK Voter Portal at elections.ok.gov/OVP.