Claremore Daily Progress

October 25, 2012

Historic voter turnout expected

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Election Board is gearing up for the Presidential Election on Nov. 6,  and with approximately 10,000 new registrations officials,  expect to see a record turnout.

Although many of the new registrations were due to address changes or changes in party affiliation the number still reflects the interest of voters in the upcoming election, according to Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody.
“The numbers are truly amazing,” said Dermody.
Across Oklahoma 378,308 new registrations have been recorded so far this year.
Even though the deadline has expired, the paperwork continues to filter in from across the state.
Dermody’s office is working daily to input the new registration forms in preparation for the big event.
Additionally, precinct workers and judges will be meeting for training to make sure the election runs smoothly, according to Dermody.
Early voting is scheduled to begin in one week, and many have already received absentee ballots.
At the beginning of 2012,  Rogers County reported the following registrations, 20,854 Democrats, 24,740 Republicans and 5,979 Independents.
Currently, the reports reflect 20,678 Democrats, 27,765 Republicans and 6,649 Independents.
The change during the 10-month period reflects a slight decrease in Democrats, approximately 3,000 new Republican registrations and 670 more Independents.
With the high number of registrations, voter interest is at an all time high, according to Dermody.
“Rogers County has historically had a much higher turnout then surrounding counties,” Dermody said.
One thing that voters need to remember is that identification requirements have changed.
Voters need a voter ID card, state ID for 65 and over or a temporary ID.
This includes an Oklahoma driver license, state ID, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID or any other U.S. document or one issued by a federally recognized tribal government with a photo and expiration date.
“Voters should come prepared,” Dermody said. “This includes being aware of the questions on the ballot. Voters may need a cheat sheet.”
The ballot is relatively long and if voters are not prepared it will take longer to cast each vote.