After Tuesday’s midterm runoff elections the hold on voter registrations has been lifted.
According to Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall, the turnout more than tripled from the last midterm runoff in 2014. The 2018 runoff voter turnout totaled 3,055 votes cast versus only 657 at the same point in the 2014 election cycle.
That could partially be attributed to the record number of candidates filing for office, according to Oklahoma State Board of Election records.
Like voter registration and demographic information updates, applications to change political parties are held during the primary election period from April 1 to September 1. In Carter County alone, 315 applications to change political affiliation have been submitted during that hold period, said Hall.
Even with the October 2017 purge of voters who hadn’t voted for two election cycles, new voter registrations have brought the total number of registered voters in Carter County from 28,509 in August 2017 to 29,789 as of August 2018.
Applications to update information or register to vote are available online at elections.ok.gov and at the County Election Board Office located at 25 A Street NW, Suite 100.