Okla. Co. Election Officials Expect Changes After Voters Wait Hours To Cast Their Ballots

Wednesday, November 4th 2020, 6:34 pm
By: Karl Torp

Some Oklahomans waited hours to cast their ballots Tuesday.

That's expected to change for the next big election, according to Oklahoma County election officials.

Long lines were expected in this year's presidential election. But the one at Church of the Servant located at MacArthur Boulevard and 150th Street was the longest one we saw Tuesday.

It’s Precinct 39 with 5,934 registered voters.

The Oklahoma County Election Board said it’s way too big but making it smaller requires more polling workers.

And that's the challenge.

“If there is a precinct that has 4,000 voters and I split it and have two (thousand) in each, I have to find two places, then I have to come up with more workers. So, you really accomplish nothing,” said Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson.

The precinct lines are being redrawn based on the 2020 census.

The election board said those lines will be in place by the 2022 gubernatorial election, the next big election.

Sanderson expects Precinct 39 to be a lot smaller after the lines are redrawn.