Tulsa residents break record for absentee ballots requested for upcoming mayoral election

Tulsa residents break record for absentee ballots requested for upcoming mayoral election
July 31, 2020 - Tulsa residents have already broken the record for the most absentee ballots requested during a municipal election when it comes to the race for mayor. (FOX23)

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa residents have already broken the record for the most absentee ballots requested during a municipal election when it comes to the race for mayor.

Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman told FOX23 the first round of absentee ballots sent out was 23,000, and that number will continue to grow through the August 18th deadline to file for an absentee ballot.

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Freeman said just like in June, the pandemic is the leading reason people are choosing to vote from home by mail again.

"For many worried about large crowds and getting sick, this is just one of the ways they're choosing to keep themselves safe," Freeman said.

“They learned how convenient and easy it is during the June elections, and they want to do it again.”

July 31, 2020 - Tulsa residents have already broken the record for the most absentee ballots requested during a municipal election when it comes to the race for mayor.
July 31, 2020 - Tulsa residents have already broken the record for the most absentee ballots requested during a municipal election when it comes to the race for mayor. (FOX23)

June’s election also broke a record for absentee ballots requested during a state primary. The requirements were also eased at that time to where notaries were not required to verify a voter’s identity as long as the voter sent in a copy of their photo ID and signed an affidavit legally attesting that everything they’ve presented to prove themselves was authentic and accurate.

There are eight candidates listed on the mayoral ballot, despite two dropping out after filing, and there are also city council seats and city charter amendments up for a vote.

The mayoral race is set to take place Aug. 25, and if there is no candidate that wins an outright majority, the runoff will be the same time as the Presidential election in November.

Freeman said she expects another rush for absentee ballots for the general election in early November, especially since it’s a Presidential election year.