After only two minutes inside his polling station Tuesday, Joe Hyatt walked back to his car with an “I Voted” sticker on his T-shirt and a sense of dread in his chest after casting his ballot in another Oklahoma election.
Hyatt, 50, of Oklahoma City, was among a stream of voters who hit the polls Tuesday, all performing their civic duty and some exercising their right to complain.
Hyatt, a registered Democrat, said if history holds, few of the candidates he supports have a chance of winning.
“It’s always the same old mud-slinging,” Hyatt said after voting at Western Hills Church, 401 SW 44. “I’m getting so tired of hearing candidates say this and say that and then know that they will never do any of it.”
Still, he never misses a chance to vote, he said.
“I don’t like the state of things so that’s why I vote,” Hyatt said. “Just for the off chance it makes a difference next time.”
Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said voting at polls looked steady through much of the day. Turnout of registered voters was expected to be in the mid-20 percent range.
“I went to a few polling spots this morning and there seemed to be a constant trickle,” Sanderson said Tuesday. “We would expect the numbers to be right there with past primary elections.”
At Trinity International Baptist Church, 1329 NW 23, Ed Engebretson, 82, climbed out of his red Cadillac and into the already-hot morning sun. Engebretson, a retired printing press operator, said he votes in all elections, but was especially excited to cast his vote for U.S. Rep. James Lankford, of Oklahoma City.