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November 2, 2012

Early voting starts today

BY MIKE FRIEND
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The first official vote of the 2012 Election is set to take place tomorrow morning at the local Grady County Election Board office. Though the first vote was technically sent in by absentee voting months ago, the first one to be placed in a ballot machine is tomorrow.

Several other states, most in fact, get a head start on early voting compared to Oklahoma. Some started last week. The State Constitution, written in 1907, sets the foundation for the timeline though no election officials could comment on why Oklahoman's are given the shorter time frame. Some referenced populations of other state's who's polling places experience longer waits and other issues that have led their congress to change the laws pertaining to the early voting timeline. Seven states shortened early voting time frames prior to the last election, even though over 30 percent of all votes cast in the 2008 general election were cast before Election Day.

Susan Turner, Election Board Secretary said, "We sent out over 1,200 absentee ballots this year and expect approximately 600 to 800 of them back."

Early voting for Grady County voters will take place only at the County Election Board office located at 307 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in the District Attorney Complex in the community room. Ballots open at 8 a.m. today and close at 6 p.m. tonight.

They reopen on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the again on Monday Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.      

However on Election Day, there is no voting at the election board office.

"So many people show up here on the sixth to vote and we have to refer them to their polling station. I want to urge people to call us if they do not know where there designated polling place is. Or the state website is also a good place for useful information," said Turner.

For more information contact Susan Turner at 405-224-1430 or search www.elections.ok.gov.