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Get ready for long lines to vote Tuesday

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –There’s only a few more days left until Oklahoma voters head to the polls for the Presidential Preferential Primary.

Registered voters have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, to request an absentee ballot for the primary if they want to simply mail in their ballot and avoid the election line altogether. If you can’t make the Wednesday deadline, early voting is also an option.

Early voting for the Presidential Preferential Primary is Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you choose to wait until March 1 to cast your ballot, don’t be surprised by long lines from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Oklahoma Election Board says wearing comfortable shoes is a good idea, and don’t be discouraged by the long lines. If you can wait in line for a movie, game or phone to be released…you can wait a bit to vote.

Presidential elections typically have the highest turnout, while presidential primary elections and gubernatorial elections without an incumbent running rival each other for typically having the second highest voter turnout.

This is also the first year Independents will be allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. The Republican Party declined to allow Independents to vote in their primary election this year.

Nineteen candidates in all put their names on the ballot in the Oklahoma Presidential Preferential Primary, although a few of them have dropped from the race. The filing period was Dec. 7-9, and candidates has until the following Friday to remove their name from the ballot. If they dropped out of the race after that, their name will still be present and votes will still go to them.

Results from the Presidential Preferential Primary, based on which congressional district they came from, are used by the Democratic and Republican parties to send the appropriate amount of delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions this summer.

If you’re not sure where to go to vote, click here for the Oklahoma Election Board’s online voter tool.

We’ll have the results as they come in Tuesday night.

Democratic and Independent voters will get to decide between the following candidates:
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente
Keith Judd
Martin J. O’Malley
Michael A. Steinberg
Star Locke

Republican voters will get to decide between the following candidates:
Marco Rubio
Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Rick Santorum
Mike Huckabee
Carly Fiorina
Jeb Bush
John R. Kasich
Donald J. Trump
Rand Paul
Lindsey Graham
Ted Cruz

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