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Some Oklahoma voters waited hours to cast ballots

The state worked with all 77 counties to ensure a smooth election process, but a multitude of factors contributed to the bottleneck at some voting booths
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2012
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Each precinct is required by law to have three workers: a judge, a clerk and an inspector. Judges and clerks are paid $87 for the entire day, while inspectors make $97.

Ziriax said they had plenty of resources this year to provide additional workers where requested and needed.

“The budget was an issue in 2010, but not this year,” Ziriax said. “If they told us they needed extra precinct officials we granted that.”

He said they are always looking for volunteers willing to go through training to be precinct workers.

Checking ID

“There's something else going on here that made the lines longer and slower and that is the new procedure for voter identification,” Sanderson said. “It takes slightly longer for us to process voters because of the voter ID law.”

Sanderson said turnout was lower this presidential election than in 2008, so in theory the lines should have been shorter, but he said they were not.

Poll workers are not only checking for identification, but must make certain it has not expired.

“It's just our new reality with the voter ID law,” Sanderson said.

Ziriax said he thought the process of verifying voter identification added only slightly to the increased wait times.


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