Early voting totals in Oklahoma more than double 2014 numbers

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) Officials at the Carter County election board office said they have been extremely busy over the three days of early voting in Oklahoma, which ended at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board Twitter account, more than 100,000 Oklahomans voted early in the three day window, compared to only 43,000 early votes in the 2014 midterm elections.

Numbers like these reflect similar increases in Carter County.

The county saw 873 early voters in 2014.

The count stood at 1660 around noon on Saturday, well on its way to doubling the 2014 number.

Carter County Election Board secretary Lizbeth Hall attributes the increased turnout on multiple factors.

"The state questions, there's a lot of interest in those and also the county question for the fire tax," Hall said.

Hall said the media has also contributed.

"A lot of it is just a lot of media coverage and it's piquing everyone's interest," Hall said.

Carter County voters gave many reasons why they came out early, like working late or being out of town on Tuesday.

Ardmore resident Dave Mordy said he voted early to avoid the crowd.

His wife voted on Friday.

"She was voter number 1081," Mordy said. "So, I thought I'd get it done today before the big lines, I assume, are going to hit on Tuesday."

Annette Anderson voted early to honor those who fought for the right to vote.

"I just wanted to make my voice heard," Anderson said. "My ancestors, back in the day, died for that right, this right for us to be able to vote. I just wanted to exercise my right to that."

Mordy said he is looking forward to seeing the results.

"There's a lot of excitement in southern Oklahoma, in the United States, on the election," Mordy said. "So, we'll see what happens Tuesday night."

If Carter County voters need help finding their polling place, they can call the Carter County Election Board office at 580-223-5290 or use the Online Voter Tool at the Oklahoma State Election Board website.

Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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