Oklahoma's early-voting turnout lines up with past primary elections

Doug Sanderson, with the Oklahoma County Election Board, said voter turnout numbers are similar to past primary turnouts and he thinks the election day numbers should be similar as well.
by Adam Kemp Published: June 23, 2014

The early voting period to decide the candidates for Oklahoma’s governor, U.S. senator, state superintendent and other primary races saw more than 1,400 people in Oklahoma County fill out a ballot, according to the county election board.

Doug Sanderson, with the Oklahoma County Election Board, said the numbers are similar to past primary turnouts and he expects the election day numbers should be similar, as well.

In 2012, about 25 percent of the county voted while about 23 percent voted in 2010.

“We think the number should be right about there,” Sanderson said.

Statewide, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The state election board warns that lines are longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work.

Paul Ziriax, the State Election Board secretary, said while they don’t make predictions for how many people will turn out on election day, his office has been busy fielding calls and trying to provide information to voters about candidates and polling locations.

In 2010, 249,069 Republicans and 263,688 Democrats voted in the primary election.

Oklahoma has closed primaries. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary, and only registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary.

Registered independents cannot vote in the party primaries but can vote in non-partisan local elections on the ballot in their precinct. Find out what is on the ballot in your precinct by contacting your county election board.

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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A sample ballot and an online voting tool to research candidates can be found at www.elections.ok.gov.

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