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Thousands of Oklahoma County Voters Submit Ballots in Early Voting
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- The Oklahoma County Election Board estimates around 13,000 voters submitted their ballots during early voting. Thousands of voters braved long lines to make their voices heard.
"It's extremely important," said Richard Palmer, "this is one of the most serious elections that I've had in my lifetime and I've been voting in every election since 1980"
With a close race expected between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, many voters know their vote can make a difference.
"You can't complain if you don't vote," said Vickie James.
Officials at the Oklahoma County Election Board say voters who plan to submit their ballots on Tuesday should be prepared for some changes.
"Remember that the precinct lines have changed this year," said Doug Sanderson, Secretary of the Oklahoma County Election Board, "so if you haven't voted in the last six months you may be lost."
Sanderson recommends voters double check their polling location online before leaving the house. Voters should also bring a government issued ID.
"It can be your voter ID card, it can be your driver's license, passport, visa," said Sanderson.
Sanderson says for the last few presidential elections, Oklahoma County has seen a 67% voter turnout. With high turnout expected at the polls Tuesday, all voters should be prepared for long lines, but early voters say the inconvenience should not keep anyone from submitting their ballot.
"It's extremely important that you get out and have your voice heard," said Palmer.
Polls open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM Tuesday.
Posted: Monday, November 5 2012, 09:25 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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