Sequoyah County voters were showing up in droves Thursday to vote early in the general election.
Voters who want to cast their ballots early are voting at the Sequoyah County Election Board at 111 E. Creek in Sallisaw. Early voting is taking place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On Tuesday the regular polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cindy Osborn, election board secretary, said usually mid-morning is the best time to cast a ballot if the voter doesn’t want to wait in a long line, but the race for president and a hotly-contested race for state representative from Sequoyah County has apparently attracted more voters.
Osborn said in October 682 new voters have registered to vote in Sequoyah County, and most registered as Republicans. At the end of October, the county had 12,732 registered Democrats and 7,077 registered Republicans. Osborn said the county has 101 newly-registered Democrats and 355 newly-registered Republicans as of the end of October.
She said an increase in Republican registrations was also true state-wide. At the end of January, Oklahoma had 880,130 registered Republicans. At the end of October, the number had jumped to 983,932 registered Republicans, an increase of 103,802. At the end of January, Oklahoma had 832,658 registered Democrats. At the end of October, that number had jumped to 856,717, an increase of 24,658 registered Democrats.
Osborn asked voters, candidates and their supporters to “respect the polling places” in this election. Osborn said it is against the law to campaign within 300 feet of a polling place. In the past it was not even allowed to wear a T-shirt printed in favor of a candidate or issue to the polling place.
“Please respect the polling place,” Osborn asked. “No electioneering within 300 feet.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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