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Oklahoma City voters say health care, economy are top issues

Whether they voted for Obama or Romney, Oklahoma City voters shared similar concerns.
by Silas Allen Modified: November 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

No matter which presidential candidate they selected, Oklahoma City voters reported jobs and the economy as their chief concerns Tuesday as they went to the polls.

Lines at Emmanuel Tabernacle Church, at NW 96 and Western Avenue, moved fairly quickly as voters crowded into the building to cast their ballots.

Arlington Smith, a supporter of President Barack Obama, said he's primarily interested with getting Americans back to work. He also supports the president's health care initiative.

Smith said he's always placed great importance on voting and civic involvement.

Smith said he remembers his parents voting when he was young, and crying when John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. Smith said he makes a point to vote in every presidential election.

“All of them are important,” he said.

Pam Osborne, also an Obama supporter, said she's optimistic about the trajectory of the economy. She made a point to vote in Tuesday's election, she said, since she skipped the presidential election in 2008.

“It's our right to vote,” she said. “Being involved with a presidential election is important for everyone.”

Robert and Donnita Tollison, both supporters of Republican candidate Mitt Romney, cited the economy and health care as major concerns. Robert Tollison said he was encouraged by Romney's experience in the private sector.

Donnita Tollison said she worried about the level of debt the country has incurred during Obama's administration.

“China owns us now,” she said.

Terri Lacy, an Obama supporter, said this year's election was especially important because of the candidates' divergent visions for the country. Lacy said she supports Obama's efforts to provide universal health care coverage, which she said is critical for the country.

Charisse Johnson, also an Obama supporter, said she voted for the president in 2008, as well. She's impressed with his willingness to make changes to improve education, she said.

At All Souls' Episcopal Church at NW 63 and Pennsylvania Avenue in Nichols Hills, a line of voters snaked out the door and into the parking lot.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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