Early voting begins in Carter County with COVID-19 precautions

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 6:47 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Early voting began Thursday morning in Oklahoma, but like other polling locations, the Carter County Election Administration took extra precautions to keep voters healthy.

Carter County Secretary Diane Hall said the board opened up a new door so they could have separate entry and exit doors.

“That way you won’t be meeting coming and going,” Hall said.

The board will also sanitize the booths every half hour, and they set up a station for voters to get a sanitized pen to use when voting.

“We ask each person to use those pens through the entire voting process,” Hall said.

But the board did not require voters to wear their masks.

“We do have signs saying it’s a good idea, that the CDC recommends it, and that we encourage it. But we cannot make it mandatory to vote,” Hall said.

Ardmore voters Stanley and Elvira Davis wore their masks to the polls as a precaution.

“I feel safe. We always wear masks every time we get out.” Davis said.

Hall said the stream of voters was steady on Thursday, but nothing compared to the requests for absentee ballots.

“We’re over 700 that I have mailed out to date,” Hall said.

Early voting in Oklahoma will continue Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election day is Tuesday, June 30th. To find out where to vote and what is on the ballot in your county, go to the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

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