Thousands, Including Governor, Line Up To Vote In Oklahoma


Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 11:00 am
By: News 9


Gov. Mary Fallin was among thousands of Oklahomans who lined up early Tuesday morning to cast their vote in the general election.

The governor voted around 8:45 a.m. at Oak Hills Church on N.W. 178th Street in Edmond. It's the polling place for her registered address. She had to wait in line for several minutes before she could fill out her ballot.

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Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says heavy voter turnout is being reported across the state. News 9 viewers have sent several pictures to our website, showing long lines of voters at polling places. There have been no reports of any problems.

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Ziriax said it appears the turnout will match the last presidential election when about 67 percent of voters cast ballots in 2008. The state has just more than 2.1 million registered voters.

To save time, election board officials suggest voting during "off-peak" times like 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, don't forget your ID.

Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot.

State election officials say there are 3 ways for voters to prove their identity under the law.

1. Show a valid government-issued photo identification.

2. Show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by their County Election Board.

3. Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on your affidavit matches official voter registration records, your ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

In addition to the presidential election, voters are deciding congressional races in each of the state's five congressional districts, numerous state House and Senate races and are voting on six state questions.

Polls close at 7 p.m. News 9 and News9.com will have complete election coverage throughout the day.

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