Long lines at poll locations, voter turnout strong for Super Tuesday

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EDMOND, Okla. – Many voters across the state headed to the polls for Super Tuesday.

In fact, some polling locations in Oklahoma had lines wrapped around the building as voters flocked to the polls.

In other spots, some polling locations were doing their best with fewer poll workers.

At Waterloo Baptist Church in Edmond, some voters were frustrated with the long lines, but others said it was well worth the wait.

“Oh, we’re going to have to wait, but it will be worth it. We have to do it,” said James Sparks.

“It’s unusually heavy for a primary,” said Mary Jo Baker, a poll worker at Waterloo Baptist Church.

Eager citizens waited to cast their vote in the primary for who will be their party’s presidential nominee.

“I like Trump,” Sparks said. “I think he’s a self-made business man. I think that’s what we need.”

“It seems like Oklahoma being more conservative side seems to be leaning a little more towards Rubio, but I guess what we’ve learned so far: don’t count old Trump out,” said John Miller.

There’s a reason why some lines of voters are way longer than others.

“This precinct, which is 43, has twice as many registered voters in it than the one across the way, which is 59,” Baker said.

Also, there are more registered Republicans in the area, which can cause delays for some voters.

“We’re doing the best we can, and your election board is doing the best they can with the resources they have,” Baker said.

Staff said they could always use an extra hand.

“There are some polls which only have two workers because they can’t find the workers,” Baker said.

Even though the polls close at 7 p.m., officials said, if you show up before the deadline, you will be able to cast your vote, even if you are stuck in a long line.

“I feel great about our state. We deserve the recognition we’ve received,” Sparks said.


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