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Early voters see long lines

Early voters stand in line waiting to vote. Some waits were as long as an hour. (KOKH)

At around five o'clock in the evening on November 4, 2016 the Oklahoma County Election Board was packed with people anxious to exercise their right to vote.

In fact close to 100,000 voters have participated in early voting the last two days, which will most likely surpass the numbers for 2012 and 2008.

"I know it's not fun to wait in line but it's a good sign your friends and neighbors are all taking part in the process and getting their voice counted, so for us it's not necessarily a terrible thing ," Oklahoma State Election Board Public Information Officer Bryan Dean said.

Dean suggests bringing a chair on Saturday or Tuesday if standing for long amounts of time bothers you. He also suggests bringing something to keep you occupied.

Also one thing that slows down the process is entering the voting booth without doing any prior research.

"We have seven state questions on the ballot," Dean said. "We have a lot of offices state, federal and county so it may take you awhile to get through that ballot, if you never seen it before."

Of course working the voting machine is key.

They are 2800 throughout the state and two technicians are always on standby just in case trouble shooting is needed.

"We are here until the devices are fixed, so we are going to be here until everything has been checked and double checked," said Cameron Elpey, an Election Board support technician.

Oklahoma has also been ahead of the curve the last few election cycles.

The state waited to buy new voting machines so they are much more progressive than the ones used in other states.

"I think that's one thing that other than the preventative maintenance that we do on a daily, monthly, weekly basis.” Epley said. “I think that's one thing that helps keeps the cost down for the taxpayer by having a good device and the fact that they are just so easy and straightforward to use.”

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