Wagoner County poll problems

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Updated: 3/06/2012 7:33 pm Published: 3/06/2012 5:40 pm

Out of nearly 40,000 eligible voters in Wagoner County there were nearly 9,000 people didn’t even know where to go Tuesday morning.
Rhonda Fisher says she just wanted a little bit of a notice before she lined up at the wrong polling place.

For years, she's gone to the same place to cast her vote. But that wasn’t the case on Tuesday.

"I went and checked the door just in case but it was locked."

She got on her phone to find out if her polling place changed and it had.

"They still had our rural route address. I was never informed I was supposed to give them." 

Nearly a decade ago, Wagoner County changed the rural route addresses to street addresses. Fisher told FOX23 she assumed the county election board had that new address.

"I didn't move just the address changed. They didn't try to find us or notify us," said Fisher.

Fisher wasn't the only person that had trouble finding her polling place. The Wagoner County board of elections had three boxes full of voter registration cards that were all returned.

The elections office says that's because of redistricting. The lines were re-drawn and polling places were changed."

"We sent new voting cards to everyone in Wagoner County," said Linda Dyer with the Elections Office.

But like Fisher, nearly 8,600 other people didn't get their cards because their addresses weren't updated in the system. Dyer says that's their responsibility.

"If you didn't get a new voter card in January we ask you to call us and we tell you where you can go vote," said Dyer.

But with so many registration cards returned, Fisher wishes more was done to get the message out.

“Could you have found some other way to notify me? Should you let the news know there's all these people who won't be able to get their polling place information?" asked Dyer.

If you are unsure where to vote you can log on to: http://www.ok.gov/elections.

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