The early voting begins Thursday across the state of Oklahoma. For voters in Tulsa County, the only place they can vote in an early poll is ONEOK Field.
The crews spent much of Wednesday converting the concession areas of ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers, into polling stations. They estimated the establishment of 50 to 100 elective areas to accommodate large numbers of people while emphasizing physical distancing.
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Officials said ONEOK Field is the ideal place because it is an open facility and there is plenty of room for distances. Record attendance is expected.
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“Hopefully we can get you through these lines pretty quickly and on your way,” said Gwen Freeman, secretary of the Tulsa County Electoral Committee. “That is one of the other advantages of ONEOK.”
People will enter through the Arvest gates on the west side of the stadium. You will then be directed to one of two different halls to cast voting papers.
After it is turned in, people will exit through another gate. The whole process is designed for a one-way trip.
“Please come prepared, have your ID with you. If you can, study your ballot papers online so that it speeds up the process for every other voter, ”said Tommy Neal, Election Support and Security Specialist for Tulsa County.
Hand disinfection stations are being set up in some areas. Masks are also recommended when appearing for early voting.
Portions of Elgin Street will be closed between Archer and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. Parking fees are waived in the area, and a map of recommended areas can be found by clicking here.
Postal ballot papers cannot be submitted to ONEOK Field. They can be hand-delivered at the Tulsa County Electoral Department just blocks away.
If you live in the county and want to attend, you will need to bring a government issued ID or your voter registration card. The early voting will take place on Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about Tulsa County early voting, visit the City of Tulsa website.