Minor issues reported at Oklahoma County polling places
Voters reported a few problems at Oklahoma County polling places Tuesday morning, but elections officials say those issues are being addressed.
A few voters reported machines that weren't working at polling places — "nothing out of the ordinary," said Bryan Newell, director of operations for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which tracks problems at polling places. Newell said it appeared elections officials were fixing those problems quickly.
Julianne Reynolds, 25, said she arrived at her polling place at 1900 NW 13 about a half hour before polls opened and found a line of 30-50 people already there. At 7 a.m., when polls were scheduled to open, Reynolds learned that poll volunteers hadn't been given a key to the building, so the polling place wasn't open yet.
The volunteers got the doors unlocked about 10 minutes after the precinct was scheduled to open and began letting voters in to cast their ballots by 7:30 a.m.
“They were very helpful when things got up and running," she said.
Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said he wasn't aware of any issues that kept polling places closed past 7 a.m. However, it's not uncommon for poll workers to arrive at polling places on Election Day to find the sites locked, he said. When that happens, the election board is generally able to resolve the situation quickly, Sanderson said. But occasionally, those problems cause delays, he said.
“It’s unfortunately a pretty common thing," Sanderson said. "It doesn’t happen a lot, but it does happen.”
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters must show proof of identity when voting. Acceptable forms of identification include an Oklahoma driver's license or identification card, an Oklahoma voter registration card, a U.S. passport or military identification card, or photo identification from a federally recognized tribe.
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