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Election workers disheartened

April 4, 2012

Low voter turn out for Tuesday's Special Election in Poteau for Proposition 4 resulted in a number of poll workers being forced to work at poll locations all day without a single voter coming in to cast their ballot. Poteau polling places at precincts 212, 109, 211 and 103 all reported no ballots cast during the election. Three poll workers were still paid at each location for what amounts to at least a 14 hour day as polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and workers are usually busy for about an hour before and an hour after.
Several of those polling places also reported that while no votes were recorded there were a few people who attempted to vote but were unable to do so.
New voting laws recently went into effect in Oklahoma which prohibit voters without proper identification from casting a ballot.
See the video below for activities that keep our county election board busy well into the night after the polls close regardless if a vote was cast or not.

http://www.poteaudailynews.com/sites/default/files/IMG_3670.MOV

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