Oklahoma takes to the polls for Super Tuesday

Oklahoma takes to the polls for Super Tuesday

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Polls close at 7 p.m. to vote in the Presidential Preferential Primary, and shortly after that happens, the projections for the winners will start to roll in.

Oklahoma is among 12 states where voters are casting their ballots on Super Tuesday.  Oklahoma has been a battleground state in both parties, with the candidates making stops here in the last few days. It's still anybody's guess as to who will win here.

The voting traffic at Bethlehem Baptist Church has been disappointing to the volunteers. They say although they knew the primaries were only expected to bring in about 25 percent of their registered 1,000 voters, but now it appears clear that they will fall short of that projection.

Registered Republican voter Bryan Wicks says it's disappointing to know there is such a low turnout.

"This is easily the most important election of our lifetime, no doubt, and as a result we are a part of a democratic republic. We should all participate and vote," Wicks said.

Wicks says he is a conservative through and through. Although the mudslinging has been horrible among the Republican candidates, he says that is the nature of politics in this day and age.

"Most candidates understand the field, the way it is striped. That's what we got going right now. When I hear people denigrate, insult, you know, sadly it's just the business of doing politics in 2016. But the stakes are far bigger than that. I am prepared not to care about the insults, I'm more concerned about the issues," Wicks said.

Sarah Downing, a Cameron University student, voted for her first time Tuesday. She says the Democratic Party shares her position on many social issues.

"Women's health care, heath care issue, abortion, something like that. I feel like many people don't understand the difference between a fetus and a zygote, and obviously equal pay is very important," Downing said.

Wicks says the only way your opinion matters is if you actually vote.

"If you don't vote, you can't complain. More importantly, if you don't vote you're giving your vote to the other person and they will have their way with you," Wicks said.

All polling places have accommodations for anyone interested in voting. If you have a   handicap and can't get out of your vehicle, one of the volunteers will bring the ballot out to your car. For the blind or hearing impaired, there is a headphone system to use.

Don't forget, we'll have the results of Super Tuesday online at kswo.com, and on our 7News App.

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