Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Voter Turnout About What Was Expected

Election officials across the state seem to confirm at mid-day what has been predicted: Voter turnout is moderate, indicating that about 500,000 may cast ballots by day's end.

In Oklahoma City, where a spirited race for the Republican nomination for Congress is being waged, some precincts reported heavy voting while others were not as busy. In some suburban precincts, voting was reported as light.

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax estimates about 500,000, or 25 percent, of 2.05 million registered voters will cast ballots today.

Steady but not heavy turnouts have been reported during three days of early, in-person absentee voting at county election boards across the state, he told reporters.

"Everything seems to be running smoothly," Ziriax said. "I'm still very hopeful given the spirited races that are on the ballots that we have an opportunity for a pretty good turnout."

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