The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 6, 2012

Lines forming early at local polls

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Voters in Enid were reporting 45-minute wait times to cast their ballots at some polling places Tuesday morning.

The times coincided with commuters headed to work, school and lunch.

Those tend to be the busiest times, according to Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider.

One voter was reporting a 90-minute wait at his polling place. Another voter said there was talk the line had not been this long before, while a couple walked in , saw the line and walked out.

Most lines were moving steadily, according to reporters at the polls, and voters seemed upbeat even though they were waiting.

He said rushes at the polls usually happen before voters head into work, over the noon hour and after work hours, around 4 or 5 p.m.

Normally, the best times to avoid long lines are 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., he said.

"Right now we're very busy," Schneider said around 9 a.m. "But, we're not unusually busy for a presidential election."

He said the early voting and absentee numbers mirror those during the 2008 presidential election, which was busy but not unusually so for a presidential year.

Those wishing to review the ballot can see them HERE (first page of ballot) or HERE (second page of ballot) or download a PDF for a closer look HERE.

Garfield County voters are casting ballots on president, Oklahoma district 3 congressional representative and a number of judicial retention candidates.

There also are six state questions that can be seen HERE.

Voter not sure of where they go to vote can check out the precinct polling locater search at the Oklahoma State Election Board website HERE. Information needed for input into that system includes last name, birthdate and ZIP code.

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