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Early voting continues across Oklahoma

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: November 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012

Officials throughout Oklahoma were reporting a heavy turnout on the last day of early voting, with waits of 45 minutes to an hour to cast ballots Monday in the state's largest county.

"From the reports we are receiving from county election boards across the state, they are experiencing very heavy turnout," state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.

The three-day early voting period began Friday and continues until 6 p.m. Monday, those who are in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Ziriax said it was too soon to know how many of the state's just more than 2.1 million registered voters had already cast their ballots.

In Oklahoma County, the state's largest, county Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said about 8,200 voters cast ballots Friday and Saturday.

He said the wait to vote Monday was about 45 minutes to an hour, after waiting times of 90 minutes on Saturday.

"Things are going well, people are in a good mood, they don't seem to mind the wait," Sanderson said.

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant reported more than 6,000 voters shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

Bryant and Sanderson said the early turnout is "comparable" to what they saw in the last presidential election in 2008, when a total of 1.46 million votes were cast.

Ziriax also is reminding voters that Oklahoma's new voter identification law requires them to show a valid government-issued photo ID or state-issued election card. Otherwise, voters may cast provisional ballots that will be counted after the voter's registration is verified.

On Election Day, individual polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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