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DECISION 2020: Voters turn out for early voting at rain-soaked ONEOK Field

Posted at 7:16 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 10:45:51-04

TULSA, Okla. — Early in-person voting in the state Oklahoma opened for voters at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Tulsa County voters withstood cold and rainy conditions to vote at ONEOK Field. Voters told 2 Works for You the lines were so long, some waited two to three hours to fill out their ballots.

"This is how some of us take care of this," said a voter passing the time solving a crossword puzzle.

The winding line outside ONEOK Field worked its way down Elgin Ave. and wrapped around Archer St. nearly extending to Greenwood Ave.

"It'll probably take about three hours," a voter in line said. "That's what it looks like, but they're moving pretty fast."

Tulsa County Election Board officials said the first day of early voting moved along without a hiccup.

"The process is going smooth," Tommy Neal with the Tulsa Co. Election Board said. "Voters are enjoying their time in the line and everybody is being positive."

Voters filled out request forms for ballots, received their ballots from a poll worker, filled them out in a voting booth, and fed them into the electronic ballot machine to be counted.

"Well worth it and like I said they managed the flow and I think it's been a good experience overall," Angela Majors said.

Majors is a Bixby resident who chose to vote early at ONEOK Field because of concerns over COVID-19.

“We liked the idea of an outdoor venue versus, our local option is an indoor school, an elementary school, which we were not excited about," Majors said.

Ken Freebairn, a first-time voter, told 2 Works for You he would've spent days waiting to vote.

"I consider it a privilege," Fairbarn said. "I think everybody should get out and vote. It's important that we get somebody in leadership that you want, that you believe in."

Freebairn became a United States citizen a year ago. He'll always remember the first day of early voting at ONEOK Field. He said he's even more excited to watch the results come in, Tuesday night.

"It's like playing on a team. Now we have to see if we win," Freebairn said.

Early in-person voting continues at ONEOK Field for Tulsa County voters Friday and Saturday. Visit our Election Guide for the full schedule.

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