Voter turnout is matching expectations today

About 25 percent of registered voters are expected to vote in today's primary election
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: July 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm •  Published: July 27, 2010

The line this morning at a northwest Oklahoma City polling place was no surprise to the precinct inspector. Voters were waiting to cast ballots in state primaries when the polls opened at 7 a.m.

Morning is one of the peak times for voting. The other peak times are noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., said Doug Sanderson, Oklahoma County Election Board secretary.

Based on voting in gubernatorial primaries four years ago, officials estimated 25 percent of registered voters would cast ballots today, or 500,000 statewide.

Paul Ziriak, State Election Board Secretary, said reports just before noon showed a steady turnout with the Tulsa area reported to be lighter than expected. The other notable report was from Lincoln County, where Republican turnout was heavier than expected, Ziriak said. Other than a few machines malfunctioning, operations were going smoothly, he said.

About seven people were waiting early this morning at Grace United Methodist Church, 6316 N Tulsa Avenue in Oklahoma City. A steady stream of people continued through the doors throughout the morning.

Morning is a good time to vote, said Mindy Banz, 36.

Banz said she thinks voting is a constitutional right and should be her priority before the workday becomes a distraction.

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