Officials: Oklahoma's Election System One Of Nation's Most Secure


Tuesday, October 18th 2016, 6:27 pm
By: News On 6


Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is repeatedly claiming that the voting system is against him.

Election officials say in Oklahoma, that's not the case, and say Oklahoma has one of the most secure systems in the nation.

People at the Tulsa County Election Board are staying busy, making sure the ballots and machines are ready to go November 8th.

Election representatives expect a huge turnout for the November election, and to keep up with the influx of voters, 300 more precinct workers are being added and trained.

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The training they get helps each precinct operate efficiently and securely.

Tulsa County Election Board secretary, Patty Bryant, said, "We try to arm them with information, and they have all kinds of publications; they go through the training class, it's an all-day class, and the ones who become permanent workers will come back every two years for additional training."

There are 77 counties in Oklahoma.

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Rogers County Election Board secretary Julie Dermody said, in every one, the precincts workers get the same training, and all precincts follow the same procedure.

"There's lots of checks and balances that we have in order to keep the vote secure and the integrity of the vote safe," Dermody said.

Unlike some other states, Oklahoma doesn't just rely on ballots cast electronically.

Dermody said, "If somebody thinks the machine isn't running properly, or they think something is irregular and they want to recall an election or call a recount, that can be done because we have a paper ballot to fall back on."

The Election Board also keeps tabs on who can vote; people who haven't voted for over six years are automatically purged from the system.

"We also have cross checks with the department of health and lots of funeral homes - they send us information and let us know when someone has passed on," Dermody said.

There is a lot more than just the presidential election on the ballot. You can learn how to find your sample ballot, check your polling location and more information here.