Long lines at Oklahoma elections a product of new state laws, election policies
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD NewsOk.com
Saturday, November 10, 2012
State and county election officials say long lines at the polls on Tuesday are a byproduct of the state's election laws and policies and that there are no plans to address them — at least not immediately.
Lines as long as two hours were reported at some precincts, but election officials said it was typical of a presidential election in Oklahoma and a step up from similar hassles at polling sites in other states.
“You'll see people camping out there all night for the next iPhone but if they have to wait 20 minutes to vote they get upset,” said Patty Bryant, secretary of the Tulsa County election board. “We're all about accuracy, not speed.”
Tuesday's turnout was about 63 percent of the state's 2.1 million registered voters. The turnout was below the 67 percent recorded in 2008 and the 68 percent that voted in 2004, which was the highest number of voters in Oklahoma to cast ballots in a presidential election.
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