Polls now open across metro for elections despite ice, winter weather

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The winter weather is impacting everything from schools, businesses, roads and even local politics.

Voters are expected to head to the polls to vote for several things Tuesday.

In Oklahoma City, the mayoral race has been a high point of conversation for many residents.

Beyond that, Deer Creek Schools are asking voters to decide on two bond issues.

Also, three council seats are up for grabs in Midwest City.

With the streets still iced over, many are worried about the turnout Tuesday.

Voting officials say while many parking lots may be covered in snow, they rely on the polling locations to clear the way.

Most polling hosts are willing to do the work to make sure voters can get there safely.

The county election board was packed Monday with officials picking up everything they need to serve voters come Tuesday.

Beyond the supplies, there is concern about parking lots and sidewalks and whether or not they will be clear on election day.

While most polling locations make sure to clear the way, candidates say they too can help those who may be afraid to venture out in the cold.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said, “We’ll have people out there trying to help people who may not otherwise be able to get there on their own.”

Oklahoma City Mayoral candidate Ed Shadid said, “I know it’s cold and the weather is inclement but this is the branch of government that affects our day-to-day life the most.”

Candidates say their campaign offices will even provide a ride to the polls, if necessary.

Cornett said, “The weather may make it a little more difficult to get to the polls. I think most people are going to figure out a way to get there.”

Shadid said, “We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote tomorrow.”

Voting officials say hundreds came out to vote early, which could mean many voters planned ahead because of the weather.

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