Early voting starts Thursday across the state of Oklahoma. For voters in Tulsa County, the only spot to take part in early voting will be at ONEOK Field.
Crews spent much of Wednesday transforming the concession areas of ONEOK Field, the home of the Tulsa Drillers, to voting stations. They estimated setting up 50-100 voting areas to accommodate a large number of people while emphasizing physical distancing.
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Officials said ONEOK Field is the ideal place because there it is an open facility and there is plenty of space to distance. A record turnout is expected.
“Hopefully we can get you through those lines pretty quickly and on your way,” said Gwen Freeman, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary. “That’s one of the other advantages of being at ONEOK.”
People will enter through the Arvest gates on the west side of the stadium. They will then be directed towards one of two different concourses to cast ballots.
After it is turned in, people will exit through a different gate. The entire process is designed to be one-way travel.
“Please come prepared, have your IDs with you. If you can, study your ballots online so that it speeds up the process for every other voter,” said Tommy Neal, Tulsa County Election Support and Security Specialist.
Hand sanitizing stations will be set up in some areas. Masks are also encouraged when coming out to early vote.
Parts of Elgin Street will be closed between Archer and the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park area. Parking fees will be waived in the area, and a map of recommended areas can be found by Clicking Here.
Absentee ballots cannot be turned in at ONEOK Field. They can only be hand delivered at the Tulsa County Election Board a few blocks away.
If you live in the county and plan to take part, you will need to bring a government-issued ID or your voter registration card. Early voting will take place Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on early voting In Tulsa County visit the City of Tulsa's website.