OKLAHOMA CITY – While many people tuned in Wednesday morning to see which candidates were elected to several state offices, election officials say very few Oklahoma residents actually went to the polls.
Unofficially, the Oklahoma State Election Board says the 2014 election had one of the lowest number of votes cast in an election in recent years.
According to Bryan Dean, with the Oklahoma State Election Board, Tuesday’s election had the lowest number of total votes cast in a gubernatorial race since 1978.
According to KGOU, only 40.7 percent of Oklahoma’s registered voters actually cast a ballot on Tuesday.
He says it was the lowest percentage of voters since 2002.
Dean says it can be difficult to determine the percentage of voters prior to 2002 because of the lack of voter registration records.
While many Oklahomans may be surprised by the low number, election officials say they are not shocked.
Dean says a low turnout is expected when an incumbent governor is in the race.
He says when an incumbent is running for office, voter turnout tends to be in the 40 to 45 percent range.
When the governor’s seat is open, voter turnout will be above 50 percent.
The Oklahoma State Election Board says out of all the races, the most votes were cast in the gubernatorial race.
However, that number was still below 824,000.
Election officials say several voters decided to cast their ballots based on their party affiliation.