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Nearly 55,000 Oklahomans voted early Thursday

(KOKH/FILE)

The Oklahoma State Election Board is reporting that nearly 55,000 Oklahomans took advantage of the first day of early voting in the 2016 election.

More than 7,000 of voters were in Oklahoma County, where the most voters turned out on Thursday.

Thursday's turn-out numbers were huge, led by registered Republicans who made up 49% of the turnout. Democrats made up 42% of voters on Thursday with Independents coming in just short of 8%.

The Board also reports receiving over 77,000 mail-in votes so far.

Fifty-five percent of those who voted by mail were registered Republicans compared to just 35% Democrats.

Demand has been so great, second voting sites have been added in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties. Most county election boards are also asking for additional absentee ballots.

Early-voting polls remain open on Friday (8a-6p) and Saturday (9a-2p). Officials say with the numbers that have come in so far, expect long lines at your local polling place.

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