Ziriax told board members that some voters complained about long lines, which are typical during presidential elections. Providing more voting booths at precincts would involve more precinct workers, who are difficult to get; the state authorizes counties to pay $87 to precinct workers and $97 to election inspectors, which is equal to minimum wage for 12 hours. But most poll workers stay 15 to 16 hours to finish the work.
“We have an aging population of precinct officials and not many younger people stepping up to fill those positions,” Ziriax said. “Long term, that's an issue that we're going to be dealing with, and that impacts everything from the length of the line to the technology that you can use at the precinct level.”
Ziriax also told board members that the Americans Elect party no longer met the requirement of being a recognized political party in Oklahoma. Organizers earlier this year succeeded in getting enough signatures of registered voters to have the party recognized, but then national party officials failed to nominate a presidential and vice presidential candidate.
The Oklahoma Americans Elect Party tried to get the Libertarian Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates listed as their candidates on the Oklahoma ballot, but the state Supreme Court ruled in September that the state group never was authorized to act on behalf of the national party.
National party officials notified the state Election Board in August that it was withdrawing its ballot line on the Nov. 6 ballot and was terminating its status as a qualified party in Oklahoma.
Latest voter registration figures show 18 Oklahomans registered as Americans Elect. Ziriax said their registration will be transferred to independent after the board formally takes action on the matter, which could be Friday when it could meet to certify the House District 45 election.