Tulsa County sees early voting numbers soar; election board hopes for large Election Day turnout

Posted at 8:58 PM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 23:14:14-04
TULSA-- Tulsa County election board officials said early voter turn out for the 2016 Presidential Election tops past elections.
Officials said 17,855 people voted early this year. They said that's 6,000 more early voters than both the 2008 and 2012 elections. With such a large turnout. Election board officials are hoping this will set the tone for election day. 
Election board leaders said adding a new satellite location could have attributed to this years large turnout.
"In 2008 and 2012 we only had one location which was the Tulsa County election board. This year was the first time we were able to utilize the satellite location of Hardesty Regional Library to help us with early voting," said Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant. 
Election board officials said this year's early voter turnout is higher than the last open seat presidential election in 2008. Out of the 350,000 registered voters in Tulsa County, officials said they expect more than 200,000 people will be voting this year.
"The past two presidential elections we've had a turnout of 70 percent and 75 percent. 2008 was the open seat for president and they had 75 percent on that election so we're anticipating at least a 75 percent turnout for this election," said Bryant. 
Election board officials want to remind voters you can only vote at the poll you registered at on Tuesday. Be sure to bring your voter registration card and photo id with you, also read up on state questions before heading to the polls. 

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