Some Ready To Be Done With Election '08

Monday, November 3rd 2008, 5:50 pm
By: News On 6

By Jeffrey Smith, The News On 6

UNDATED -- The News On 6 asked people what they were feeling as they voted and almost everyone had the same answer:  relief.  Voters everywhere are already suffering from a mild case of election fatigue.

Consider the election in the following terms, Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President 21 months ago.  Senator John McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee nine months ago.  And, we still don't know what's going to happen.      

For voters, there's excitement, but also a sense of let's just get this over with.

"I am so ready for it to be over.  All the negative ads are killing me," said Tulsa County voter Ellis Chandlee.

"Over the weekend, I had my grandkids over. Couldn't enjoy the grandkids because of all the phone calls I was getting, and then, the knocks at the door," said Creek County voter Lesa Baldwin.

"We won't have to hear about any of this stuff anymore. They'll come pick up all those signs from the right of way, and that'll be the end of it," said Terry Teague, a Tulsa County voter.

McCain and Obama have been the major-party candidates officially for two months.  But, ask Green County voters and they'll say this campaign season has been going on for two decades.

Lesa Baldwin says she's never seen so much aggression with local races.

"There's more calls.  There's more knocks at the door. There's more junk mail in the mail. Every single day," said Creek County voter Lesa Baldwin.

Mary Scott says she's sick of seeing this all the time.

"I think there should be a law that six months at the most for these campaigns," said Mary Scott.

But, there's still a lot of buzz.  The lines for early voting, at times, have been an hour long.

The calls.  The commercials.  Wanda Caruthers says it's democracy in action.

"I'm just really excited about being a part of the voting experience, especially this election," said Tulsa County voter Wanda Caruthers.

Overall, voters tell The News On 6 they're feeling more excitement than frustration.