Early, in-person voting begins Thursday across Oklahoma

Calculated from the secretary of state’s State Ballot Measure Reimbursement Form and a separate survey from the Colorado County Clerks Association

Early voters in Edmond need not drive to 4201 N Lincoln Blvd.in Oklahoma City to cast their ballots before the November 8 general election, said Doug Sanderson, Oklahoma County Election Board secretary.

Due to the high amount of interest and tension expected in this election, particularly on the presidential side, election boards across the country are reminding voters they are not allowed to wear shirts, hats or anything promoting a candidate while voting.

"We've got an early voting site over at 801 S. Bryant (in Edmond)", Sanderson said.

The parking lot is jammed and the lines are long as early voting gets underway in Tulsa.

"In some ways, it's a good problem to have", he said. In Tulsa County, there are two places for early voting: Hardesty Library and the Tulsa County Election Board. "But Tuesday was going to be a busy day for me, so I thought I'd come early".

At the Cleveland County Election Board in Norman, a line with more than 100 people wrapped around the building.

Oklahoma Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says almost 70,000 absentee ballots already had been received from voters by Wednesday, compared to about 61,000 in 2012.

The amount of mail-in ballots sent out by the election board this year is not normal and is actually a record, Rains said.

"We've already gotten back more than 2008 or 2012, and we've got several more days", Dean said.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. Thursday, and will do so again on Friday.

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