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June 21, 2014

Early voters trickle in for primary

EDMOND — Early voting for Tuesday’s statewide primary election was steady but not overwhelming on Friday, said Doug Sanderson, Oklahoma County Election Board secretary.

“It’s typical of what we would see in a primary election. We had 825 voters on Thursday,” Sanderson said.

Registered voters may cast early ballots from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, which is the last day of early voting. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty today to assist in-person voters at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City.

Early voting on Friday resulted in 1,081 ballots cast, Sanderson said.

“Compare that to two years ago in the presidential election in November. We had 30,000,” he said. “But this is a very different type of election.”

The last two federal election cycles for a state primary brought in a 25-percent voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election and a 23 percent turnout in the 2010 gubernatorial election, Sanderson said.

“For me, I want to see some changes in Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma City resident LaDonna Hunt before casting her vote. “The direction we’re going, I think is all wrong in terms of minimum wage, in terms of the tax on alternate energy and the cuts in children’s welfare services.”

Precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the statewide race. Races with three or more candidates where no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote will move to the Aug. 26 runoff election ballot. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 4.

Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law and only one proof of identity is required):

• Show a valid photo ID issued by the federal, state or tribal government; or

• Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or

• Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.

Voters who do not know their polling location may find it online at www.elections.ok.gov by using the State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool. For more information, contact the Oklahoma County Election Board office at 713-1515.

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