Early in-person absentee ballot voting at the Pittsburg County Election Board office has proven brisk in advance of Tuesday’s upcoming runoff election.
“We had 65 votes” cast on the opening day of the in-person absentee ballot voting Friday, said Pittsburg County Election Board Secretary Cathy Thornton.
Voters came in at steady pace throughout the day, she said.
It’s especially impressive since there are only two races on the ballot — runoff elections for the both Democrats and Republicans to determine who will be their nominee in the upcoming General Election for the District 2 U.S. House seat.
The early in-person absentee ballot voting continued from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, and will continue from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday at the Pittsburg County Election Board Office at 109 E. Carl Albert Parkway, Room 101.
It’s an opportunity for qualified, registered voters to cast an early ballot in advance of the Tuesday election.
Following the early voting, plans call for regular polling places to be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the runoff election.
In the runoff, only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote for the Democratic candidates, and only registered Republicans can cast ballots in the GOP runoff.
The Republican race features Markwayne Mullin, owner of the Mullin Plumbing Co., and George Faught, a three-term state representative from Muskogee.
In the Democratic race, Rob Wallace, of Fort Gibson, and Wayne Herriman, of Muskogee, are vying for the right to face the GOP candidate, along with Independent candidate, Michael Fulks, of Heavener, during the Nov. 6 General Election.
Wallace is a prosecutor, having served as the district attorney for Latimer and LeFlore counties, as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and as an assistant district attorney for District 18, which includes Pittsburg and Haskell counties.
Herriman is an agricultural businessman with a seed-selling operation.
In the Tuesday runoff, only registered Democrats will be allowed to vote for the Democratic candidates, and only registered Republicans can cast ballots in the GOP race.
Voters can then cast ballots for the candidates of their choice in the Nov. 6 General Election.
All of the District 2 candidates are seeking the Congressional seat currently held by Dan Boren, who did not seek re-election.
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