Oklahoma voters waited in line for hours after polls closed Tuesday

By the time polls closed Tuesday, David Johnston already had been standing in line at the polls for an hour and a half. He expected to be there at least another half-hour.
by Silas Allen Published: November 7, 2012
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— By the time polls closed Tuesday, David Johnston already had been standing in line at the polls for an hour and a half.


He expected to be there at least another half-hour.

“I brought a book to read,” he said. “So I'm good.”

Johnston stood in the lobby of LifeChurch on E Second Street in Edmond Tuesday evening, reading a book on his computer. Around him, James Brown's “Living in America” could be heard over the dull clamor of a few hundred other voters.

Even after polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a line of voters snaked around the lobby of the church, slowly moving toward the polls.

Poll workers brought out bowls of snacks and canisters of coffee and iced tea for those in line.

Earlier in the evening, voters waited even longer — some up to three hours — as the line stretched out the door and into the parking lot.

Phil Prasse, of Edmond, had been waiting in line for about 30 minutes when the polls closed. When he arrived, poll volunteers told him to expect a two-hour wait, he said.

As he waited, Prasse took a last look at a sample ballot on his phone from the Oklahoma County Election Board's website.

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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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