The polls are open across the state in the 2018 Primary Election.
While everyone has been debating candidates’ merits for weeks, the consistent message across all parties has been clear: go vote. Some Oklahomans are reporting issues getting the job done.
“I know in at least one case, someone posted something on social media about this, and it turned out he left his State Question ballot sitting in the polling booth and didn’t bring it up to the machine,” said Bryan Dean, Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma State Election Board. “Poll workers found it, destroyed it and gave him another one. Any time voters are getting more than one ballot, there is a chance that poll workers might get confused, although they are instructed to call the county election board if they aren’t certain.” Dean said that if someone runs into an issue, they need to call their county election board immediately so they can get it fixed.
Some reports via social media allege opposition from poll workers, though no reports have been confirmed with the state election board.
For those who perhaps need extra assistance or who have language barriers, there is a nonpartisan entity that is standing by to help, the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law out of Washington, D.C. Ezra Rosenberg, the Co-Director of the Lawyers’ Committee, said approximately 10-11 people are handling the phones for today's elections in Oklahoma.
Volunteers are available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise during the voting process. “Anyone who has trouble with the voting process should reach out,” Rosenberg said. “We can help navigate the bureaucracy for those who may not be able to do so themselves. Local election officials know and trust our volunteers due to their training and experience. Our goal is to make things easier.”
For more information on Election Protection from the Lawyers’ Committee, please visit http://866ourvote.org/.
The Oklahoma State Board can be reached directly at (405) 521-2391.