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Voter turnout down from 2008 election, Oklahoma officials say

About 63 percent of the state's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's presidential election; 67 percent voted in 2008.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2012
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Oklahoma voters casting ballots in the presidential election fell short of beating the turnout for 2008, election results show.

Election results show about 1.3 million Oklahomans voted for president Tuesday, which is shy of the 1.4 million who voted four years ago. The record number of ballots cast for president occurred in 2004 when 1.46 million Oklahomans voted.

Tuesday's turnout was about 63 percent of the state's 2.1 million registered voters, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Wednesday.

The turnout was below the 67 percent recorded in 2008 and the 68 percent that voted in 2004, he said.

Unofficial election results showed that Republican Mitt Romney won 889,710 votes, or 66.8 percent, while President Barack Obama, a Democrat, received 442,787 votes, or 33.2 percent.

That tally doesn't include 5,227 provisional ballots cast in the presidential race, Ziriax said. Provisional ballots are cast by voters without the required identification; they sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot, which, if it is determined they are registered to vote in that precinct, is included in the final election tally.

The state Election Board will check the provisional ballots Friday afternoon.

More voters cast absentee ballots through the mail this year compared with four years ago, Ziriax said. However, fewer voters cast ballots during the three-day early in-person voting period.

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