Polls open in Tulsa Mayoral primary on Tuesday

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 6/10/2013 5:21 pm Published: 6/10/2013 4:05 pm

Polls for the Tulsa mayoral election open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Early voting began last week and the Tulsa County Election Board said turnout has been strong.

They told FOX23 they're expecting between 35,000 and 45,000 voters in all, which would put us around 20 percent turnout.

Election officials said that's pretty good for an election that doesn't have any state or federal races.

"It was good. Quick and easy. That's why you do it early," said Rosie McQuarters, an early voter.

Rosie and Osie McQuarters had a great early voting experience and they aren't surprised there seems to be so much interest in a mayoral election.

"We have good options. We do," said Rosie.

"I think we have excellent options," Osie agreed.

Tulsa County Election secretary Patty Bryant said the election board had a tough time predicting voter turnout this time.

"This one was real hard to judge, because we haven't one that was a non-partisan city-wide election before," said Bryant.

Something Osie McQuarters thinks encourages more people to vote.

"You have an opportunity to think for yourself. You listen to their platforms, you see what they're offering, and then you can vote on whichever party you want to," Osie said. "I don't know if it's that, or if it's all of the marketing and the advertising the candidates are doing, all the mailings they're doing. There are a lot of commercials on TV. So, really not sure why," she added.

But the McQuarter women said they also think there are just that many big issues affecting voters in this election cycle from public safety, development on the river, hiring freezes at City Hall to north Tulsa and crime and education.

Even though she's expecting turnout to be OK, Bryant would always like to see more people voting.

"I mean, it hasn't been huge. Like, the presidential election was over 400 an hour. OK, so this one is like 80 people an hour, so that's just a steady stream."

Polls are open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Also on the ballot: city auditor and a District 3 County Commissioner.

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