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Tulsa Co. absentee ballot request set record numbers for 2020 election

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Posted at 4:00 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 07:45:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — For the first time, former VP and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and incumbent Republican President Donald Trump go head to head in the first Presidential debate on Tuesday night.

While people across the nation, and Green Country, gear up to watch their picks duke it out, we took a look at early voting with absentee ballots and what it'll look like this year.

In Tulsa County alone, the Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said now up to 130,000 absentee ballots could go out before it's all said and done. That's 30,000 more than what was reported before.

Due to the spike, the election board is sending the ballots out in waves. Meaning, if you have requested your absentee ballot and still haven't received it, it's on the way. So far, 47,000 have gone out, with more to follow.

Freeman is working hard to ensure safe voting this year. That's if you vote by mail with an absentee ballot or in-person.

“We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of people that are willing to take that risk upon themselves, as opposed to some of our older folks, let them stay home and sit this one out until the covid crisis has passed,” Freeman said at Monday's Tulsa County coronavirus news conference.

This year, early voting will be a little different.

ONEOK Field is the sole location where hundreds will spend October 29th - 31st.

READ MORE: DECISION 2020: Early voting for Nov. election at ONEOK Field

Interested in getting an absentee ballot and voting by mail? CLICK HERE to request an absentee ballot

Need to register to vote? The deadline to register for the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 9. 2020. CLICK HERE to register to vote.

For more resources for the Nov. 3, 2020 election, click here.

The Presidential debate will take place Tuesday, September 29th, 8pm Central Time.

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