Thousands lined up outside the Oklahoma County Election Board offices Saturday for the second day of early voting before Tuesday's general election.
The count for Friday, the first day for early voting, was 4,740, said Doug Sanderson, board secretary.
“And my guess is today will be around 2,500 to 3,000 perhaps,” he said. “That's a normal turnout for a presidential election.”
A line of at least 1,000 people snaked around the offices and through its parking lot at noon Saturday, just an hour before closing. Some brought lawn chairs, some pushed strollers and others monitored the University of Oklahoma football game on their cellphones.
Voters said they waited as long as two hours to cast their vote.
Most leaving the voting booths said they came not because they were ready to put the political season behind them, but because they had scheduling conflicts on Tuesday.
“I have to work on Tuesday and I work two jobs,” said Vivian Harris, a registered nurse from Oklahoma City, who opted for the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. “I just didn't want to miss this opportunity.”
Others said they were concerned about even longer waits Tuesday.
Jeanne Leopard and her husband, Leo Hines, said they voted for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, on Saturday.
In 2008, Leopard voted for Obama and Hines for McCain. Leopard, who works for the state, said she was disappointed in Obama's first term.
“A lot of what he proposed at the time — the hope and the change — has not come to fruition,” Leopard said. “I agree you have to spend, but his approach was not a sound approach and we need another avenue.”
Hines, an electronics manufacturer, said he was surprised at the number of undecided voters in line.
“There weren't any heated discussions but there was a sense of uncertainty about which way they were going to vote,” he said.
A worker for the Oklahoma State Election Board said Saturday early voting went smoothly statewide.
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