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Surge in registrations as early voting starts in Oklahoma

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"I voted" stickers await Carter County residents when they cast their ballots on November 6. (KTEN) "I voted" stickers await Carter County residents when they cast their ballots on November 6. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- With Election Day right around the corner, there is a surge in Oklahoma voters.

Carter County Election Board secretary Lizbeth Hall said she hasn't seen this many registered voters in years.

"If it stays on trend, it will be way bigger than four years ago, the 2014 governor race," she said.

There are more than than 30,000 registered voters in Carter County, and about 20 percent of them range from ages 18-29.

"That's pretty high for that age group, because usually people -- the kids -- are busy," Hall said.

A three-day early voting period in Oklahoma begins on Thursday. The ballot contains multiple state questions, and Hall said these local issues heighten interest in the election.

You can also attribute high registration numbers to technology. Hall said with the growth of the Internet, the registration process has never been easier.

"We've got all the online voter registration where you can look up where you go vote, if you're vote, if you're registered, and that sort of thing," she said.

And with a big turnout in the forecast, Hall said extra staffers will be at polling places on November 6.

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