State Sees Record-Breaking Numbers On First Day Of Early Voting

Thursday, October 29th 2020, 9:43 pm
By: Kristen Weaver

TULSA, Okla. -

Lines circled OneOK Field Thursday as people waited for hours on the first day of early voting in Tulsa County.

It was a record-breaking day at the polls statewide, as there were more votes cast on Thursday than all the days of early voting in 2016.

In Tulsa County, about 4,400 hundred people cast their ballot Thursday. The view from Osage Sky News 6 HD shows the incredible number of people lined up Thursday, with masks on, and jackets zipped up, eager to cast their ballot in Tulsa County.

"The whole experience was cool," said Tiffany Byrd.

Tiffany Byrd and Massiel Anguianl are best friends who decided to wait it out together. They said the process was long but very easy.

"It took about two hours, this outside part moved pretty quick," said Anguianl.

Some voters said the long lines created some new friends.

"It's been really great meeting people, we don't know if they are Republicans or Democrats or Independents. There's something about when you have a chance to relate to people," said Jim Burkett.

News On 6 caught up with Jim and Pam Burkett about halfway through their waiting time. They said this year feels different, there's a certain excitement.

"When you look at all the crowds, this is something that should be encouraged. This is the United States of America and my vote really does count."

Law enforcement has upped security inside and outside the ballpark but said the day went smoothly. They want to remind people to wear their mask, not wear campaign gear, and leave your firearms at home.

"We're fortunate it's been peaceful everyone has remained civil," said Dep. Justin Green with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

"Come with someone, tell people to come vote!" said Massiel.

The state election board said as of 5 p.m. Thursday, almost 300,000 people total in the state have cast their ballot.

Early voting continues Friday and Saturday at ONEOK and remember only Tulsa county voters can vote here. If you live in another county, check with your election board about where to go.