Early voting kicked off Friday for Oklahoma voters

TULSA -- Can't wait until Tuesday to hit the polls? Early voting began Friday for all registered voters in Oklahoma.

To cast an early ballot, head to the election board in the county where you're registered.

Voters who wish to avoid long lines Tuesday in the Tulsa area headed to the Tulsa County Election Board at 555 N. Denver Ave. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, though they didn't escape the lines.
 
Election officials tell 2News they averaged about 1,000 voters every three hours. By 11:00 a.m., 1,000 voters had already been through the Tulsa County Election Board's doors.
 
Officials say in total, 3,737 voters came out on Friday to cast their vote early.
 
Voters tell us it took them 30 to 45 minutes from when they first got in line, until they were able to cast their ballot.
 
First time voter Ashley Williams couldn't wait to cast her ballot.

"I'm really excited. And that's why I'm out here early, so I can finally put out my vote," she said.

She says there are so many reasons to vote.

"I'm glad to see everyone standing out here voting early, because it's a critical election. And it's time to get out and vote."

Her friend Jonathan Townsend agrees.

"These next four years, there's so much at stake here, and we really need to choose who's going to play a major part in who's going to be our leader for the next four years," he said.

Voters say it's important to have your voice heard, no matter who wins.

"We earn a right to vote. To me it's our civic duty to vote. It doesn't matter who you vote for, just vote," said Esther Wright.
 
Early voting continues Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and again Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Polls officially open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
 
For more election day coverage, including sample ballots, precinct locations and more, check out our voter guide at www.kjrh.com/elections .
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