Early voting a big success in Oklahoma

Saturday, November 1st 2008, 8:18 pm
By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - With such a historic election, state officials are expecting record turnouts on Tuesday. But early voters are already breaking records, as many turned out for the second day of early voting.

A group of about 1,000 people marched to the Oklahoma County Election Board Saturday. When they arrived, the voting line already stretched out onto Lincoln Boulevard.

The crowd gathered at Greater Mount Olive Baptist church to kick off the march. Even kids, who are too young to vote, were included in the rally. March leaders want this election to make an impression on the youth.

"This is a historical moment for all of us, this election. And I think everybody wants to show their children and grandchildren that every vote does count," early voter Louise Elkins-Alexander said.

Rally organizers and participants were pleased with the weekend turnout and hope their "get out and vote" message spreads throughout the metro.

"As you go to the polls, you see a different group of people voting, you seeing younger folks voting, folks that haven't voted before," Michael Sourie said.

While these voters made it clear who they support with chants for Obama, organizers insisted the effort was bipartisan.

Their chant of "We're on our way to vote" was heard throughout the five block walk to the Oklahoma County Election board.

"To be here with these people and marching with them there's nothing like it," Bill Hellams said.

"I've never seen anything like this in Oklahoma City," Barbara Williams said.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. Click here to find your County Election Board to vote early.

All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Click here to find your polling location for Tuesday.