Increased absentee voting in Oklahoma could result in higher voter turnout, experts say

TULSA, Okla. — Following a record number of absentee ballots in Oklahoma’s election in August, experts say they think even more voters will vote by mail for the election in November.

FOX23 political analyst and University of Tulsa Political Science Professor Matt Hindman says more absentee and mailed-in ballots could result in a higher overall voter turnout in Oklahoma.

Hindman says research shows that the turnout would typically be higher for both Democrats and Republicans.

Although there is no widespread evidence that a mailed-in ballot won’t be counted, Hindman says both parties will be ready to contest absentee and mailed-in votes.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 9.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.

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