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County Election Board Prepares For Historic Level Of Voting By Mail

Chris Polansky

The Tulsa County Election Board is prepared to send out and get back a record number of mail-in ballots for the upcoming November election, by far the biggest contest since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

"We have mailed out as of today about 47,000. We are expecting to mail out all told between 100,000 and 130,000 absentee ballots. That is a five fold increase, and potentially a little more, over anything we’ve ever done historically," said Gwen Freeman, the election board's secretary, at a Monday press conference.

Freeman encouraged Tulsa voters to avoid a backlog and mail their ballots in as soon as possible.

In addition to coronavirus adjustments, Freeman said Tulsa is seeing more demand for voting in general. The county has seen 13,000 new voter registrations already this year, a three-to-four-fold increase over past elections. 

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