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The earliest of the early voters arrived at the polls today at 8 a.m. to cast their votes in the primary run-off election. Carrol Ansted and husband John were the first voters to show at the Election Board Office in the Jackson Courthouse, with Absentee Voting board members Verna Hunter and Beverly Fuller.
The earliest of the early voters arrived at the polls today at 8 a.m. to cast their votes in the primary run-off election. Carrol Ansted and husband John were the first voters to show at the Election Board Office in the Jackson Courthouse, with Absentee Voting board members Verna Hunter and Beverly Fuller.
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Early voting in Oklahoma’s runoff election started today, and continues on Friday and Saturday.


Early voting in runoffs that feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House contest started today.


Democrats will choose nominees in a U.S Senate contest and for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Several state House and Senate contests are also be on the ballot.


A new law which took effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Jackson Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson said voters need to take special note that early voting is no longer conducted on Monday.


These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013.


Wilson explained that during federal and state elections such as this one, voter turnout is often heavier and providing early voting on Saturday gives voters an additional opportunity to vote before Election Day.


Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, then continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The election is on Tuesday, Aug. 26.


More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.


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