The 2008 general election doesn’t open Tuesday –– it starts today, at least in Oklahoma.


The 2008 general election doesn’t open Tuesday –– it starts today, at least in Oklahoma.


Helen McReynolds, Carter County Election Board Secretary, said more voters are using the in-person ballots to vote early, particularly in major elections.


However, she added, many voters don’t realize the ballot is available, even though they’ve been used for 11 years.


“In-person ballots are available to all registered voters,” McReynolds said.


“Voters are not required to give a reason for voting early. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Monday and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday before the regular election.”


Each county election board has a two-member, bi-partisan voting board to assist voters with the application. LaRue Wilhite, Marshall County Election Board Secretary, said the in-person voters fill out a form when they arrive at the polling location.


They are required to swear they have not voted by using a regular mail-in absentee ballot and will not vote at their precinct voting place on election day.


“It’s much like voting at your regular polling place,” she added.


Information about in-person voting locations can be obtained from the voter’s county board. Most are in the office or a nearby location.