Governor Henry Urges Expansion Of Early Balloting

Wednesday, January 28th 2009, 10:51 am
By: News On 6

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Brad Henry says he wants the Legislature to expand early voting in Oklahoma.

Henry said Wednesday he wants to expand early voting to seven days in state general elections, so Oklahomans can cast ballots the full week before election day.

Under current law, voters can cast ballots at their county election board on the Friday, Saturday and Monday before election day.

The governor's proposal would keep the three-day early voting structure for primary and runoff elections.

But it would expand it for the higher-turnout general election, adding the preceding Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a seven-day early voting period.

About 32 states already have some form of early voting and most allow votes to be cast at least 15 days before the election.