Stillwater News Press

November 5, 2012

Payne County registered voters go to the polls Tuesday

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — It’s election day in Payne County. The county's 42,125 registered voters may cast ballots from 7 a.m. to  7 p.m. Tuesday at polling sites across the county.

Registered voters in Oklahoma must show identification.

A government issued ID card, like a military ID card or driver’s license, or the free voter ID card issued by the county election board when a resident registers to vote are acceptable forms of identification.

A voter who doesn’t have identification may cast a provisional ballot after completing an affidavit attesting to his or her identity.

Provisional ballots are sealed inside special envelopes, but aren’t put through the voting device. After election day, county election board officials investigate the voter-provided information and either approve or reject the ballot.

The State Election Board has released tips and reminders for those voting Tuesday.

The Board's press release states lines at the polls are longest before work, during lunch and after work. The board suggests voting during “off-peak” hours from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

One last tip is to study the candidates, issues and state questions. The text of state questions can be found at www.elections.ok.gov.

Sample ballots, a list of polling precincts and voter information is available at stwnewspress.com or paynecounty.org/election.php.

After the polls close, up to the minute election results can be found at stwnewspress.com/okelection.

Thousands of voters turned out at the polls during three days of early voting in Payne County.

After early voting closed Monday, the total number of voters came in at 3,874.

Payne County Election Board Secretary Alyson Dawson said that number was more than her original estimate of 3,000. That number doesn’t include the ballots that are mailed.

“I bet we’ll get at least 1,000 back,” she said. “We’ve mailed out probably 1,300 to 1,400.”

Polling opened at 8 a.m. Monday and voter turnout didn’t slow  much, she said.