Polling Places Practice Extra Precautions During Coronavirus Pandemic As Oklahomans Vote In Primary Elections


Tuesday, June 30th 2020, 4:40 pm
By: Tevis Hillis


Oklahomans went to the polls to vote in primary election.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears Oklahoma could have good voter turnout.

Each polling place supplied poll workers with PPE.

"Among the precinct workers, we are trying to ask them to keep their distance apart as well. They are all wearing their masks," Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said.

As the voters walked in, voters were asked to social distance while they wait in line, Sanderson said.

Voters were also highly encouraged by the state election board to wear a mask.

"I am here to do my duty that we do all the time, because we do need a change," said Pat Cash, a voter. 

Voters told News 9 they felt safe voting in-person and that this election is too important to skip.

"This is probably the most important election of my lifetime," said Steve Clytus.

Clytus also said that he is out and about during this time, so why not vote in-person.

Some people went a different route. More than 47,000 absentee ballots were requested in Oklahoma County.

"If you compare the number of applications that we were requested for four years for the November general election for president, we have already exceeded the number of requests for the state primary elections was. It is unheard of," Sanderson said.

Polls close at 7 p.m.