State Election Board Says All Polling Places Will Have Power On Election Day

Tuesday, November 3rd 2020, 6:22 am
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is promising that people will be able to vote at their polling site and that all locations have some sort of power source.

Polls across the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for voters to cast their ballots. The Oklahoma state election board secretary says its best if you get there early.

They recommend checking the state's online voter portal first to confirm where your polling place will be. People can also grab a sample ballot there.

One of the biggest concerns this year is polling places without power. However, officials with the State Department of Emergency Management tell News 9 that all locations in the state have a power source and are ready to go for election day.

Power or not, State election board Secretary Paul Ziriax says because of the state's paper ballot system, everyone will still be able to vote.

"The beauty of a system that relies on paper ballots like Oklahoma, is that we can conduct an election whether we have electricity or not," says Ziriax.

Ziriax also says all polling places have "emergency bins" to collect ballots if power is out or there's a technical issue.

Ballots can be scanned later or at the County Election Board.