Republicans lead Democrats in Okla. absentee votes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republicans are leading Democrats in the number of absentee ballots submitted for the Nov. 6 general election.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says that as of Friday, a total of 31,653 Oklahoma voters have mailed absentee ballots to county election boards.

Election boards have sent a little more than 66,000 absentee ballots to Oklahoma voters who requested them. A breakdown by party affiliation indicates that 36,518 absentee ballots have been mailed to Republican voters and 18,044 of them have been returned to election boards. A total of 24,868 ballots have been mailed to Democratic voters and 11,727 have been returned.

A total of 4,623 ballots have been mailed to voters who are registered independent. A total of 1,882 have been returned.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Wednesday.

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