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July 22, 2008

Election board officials expect good turnout

Woodward County Election Board Secretary Carol Carrell said the election board office is getting ready for next week’s primaries.

The presidential primary was held in February, Carrell said, but primary elections for state, county and local races will take place next Tuesday.

Carrell said she expects a fair level of participation in the upcoming election.

“I think we’re gonna have a pretty good turnout,” she said.

There are about 10,000 registered voters in Woodward County, Carrell said, though she didn’t specify how many voters a good turnout might be.

There has, however, been a great deal of activity in the office in recent weeks, Carrell said.

“We’ve had quite a few new registrations,” she said. “We’ve had quite a few changes of party affiliation.”

Oklahoma has a closed primary election, meaning voters must be a registered member of a party to vote in that party’s primary, Carrell said.

The only two political parties with primary elections in Woodward County are the Republican and Democrat parties.

In order to vote in a party primary next week, one must have been a registered member of that party as of July 4, Carrell said.

Absentee ballots are currently available, Carrell said.

“Right now, we’re still doing mail absentees,” she said. “Starting Friday, we’re gonna have the in-person absentees.”

In-person absentees, commonly called early voting, will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 28, Carrell said.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

The Republican ballot features a race for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s seat, with Inhofe facing challengers Evelyn Rogers, Dennis Lopez and Ted Ryals.

Rob Johnson and Dana Murphy are both seeking the Republican nomination for corporation commissioner.

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