Early voting for the Primary Election turned out to be better than usual over the three-day period, but Carter County Election Board Secretary Diane Hall said they always want more.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Hall said she encourages everyone to go out and vote.
“No matter who you’re for or who you’re against,” Hall said. “Just get out and vote. Vote, vote vote.”
Early voting, which took place Thursday through Saturday, brought over 300 voters to ballot boxes.
“We had over 300, which is well over average. It’s not as many as we’ve had at other times, but well over average,” Hall said, adding everything went really smooth.
As people hit the polls today, Hall had a few reminders for those who plan to make their voice heard with their vote.
Make sure you have a picture ID with your name on it and make sure the picture ID’s name matches what is on record for the voter registry. Hall said often times women who get married will remember to change their drivers license, but forget to change their voter registration with the election board.
“If they don’t have anything with their name on it, we can print them out a temporary ID card and they can vote,” Hall said.
If you’re not sure where your polling location is, Hall said you can either look it up online with the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool, which can be accessed at www.elections.ok.gov or call the election board at (580) 223-5290.
There are 25 polling locations in Carter County, including 12 in Ardmore, four in Lone Grove, two in Wilson and others spread throughout the county.
The Online Voter Tool can also be used to check registration information, such as what you are registered politically, she said.
While polls close at 7 p.m., Hall said as long as you are in line at 7 p.m., even if there is a line, you will still get to vote.
“We’re ready, we’re prepared,” she said of the election. “Just go vote.”
Closed party voting
Since Oklahoma is a closed primary state, registered voters of a political party may only vote to select their party’s nominees, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website. If someone is registered as Independent (no party), they can only vote if the party gives permission for all Independents to vote in their primaries.
“In November of each odd-numbered year, recognized political parties declare whether or not they will permit Independents to vote in their primary elections during the following two calendar years. For 2016 and 2017, the Democratic Party and Libertarian Party granted permission for Independents to vote in their primaries and runoff primaries. Independents cannot vote in Republican primaries,” the website says.
This means that individuals registered as republicans will only get a ballot to vote for republican candidates running for office in their precinct. The same goes for those registered as a Democrat or Libertarian.