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Successful turnout for early voting

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Early voting for next Tuesday's general election started Thursday with a busy day at area courthouses as voters turned out to cast their ballots.

Early voting started at 8 a.m. and lines were wrapped around the Comanche County courthouse. The parking lot at Lawton's Central Mall was almost full on the west side. Courthouse officials said Thursday's voter turnout was very successful and encourage everyone to vote so their voice can be heard.

Comanche County Election Board Secretary Amy Sims said over 1,200 people voted Thursday and said she expects that number to be greater Friday and Saturday and even bigger on Tuesday.

Several voters said they wanted to either avoid the long lines, or they were unable to vote next week because of their jobs. No matter the circumstances people said voting is the only way to make a difference in the country.

Voters like Stacy Hughes said she's always busy and didn't want to miss the opportunity next week.

"I always felt like voting is a right that as an African American I have not always had. So, I
m going to exercise my duty," said Hughes.

Although the presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton is a focus, several voters said the Oklahoma state questions are also important to them.

Early voting started back at 8 a.m. Friday and will continue until 6 p.m. You can also vote Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You must have a valid ID or voter registration card to place your vote.

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