Tulsa County voters have one location for early voting, this year. Driller Stadium in downtown is that outdoor venue.
This morning, in freezing rain, Tulsans stood in lines as long as a quarter mile, in the cold rain; to cast a ballot.
Early news radio reports said The Tulsa County Election Board reports over 10,000 by 10am, on this first day of early voting. That number has since been retracted.
The state election board said that about 50,000 votes were tabulated at 5pm, throughout all counties in Oklahoma.
In many ways, this is a less healthy situation than having 20 county libraries serve as polling facilities.
The danger of downtown traffic is what police refer to a 'slick streets'. That along with the physical drain of cold & wet, and having to stand on concrete for hours, is a severe list of dangers.
Spreading out that process to several neighborhood locations would be far safer than the 'superspreader' event that our County Health Dept has consulted in the creation of.
But the passion to cast a vote may never have been more intense.
This afternoon's weather will be much better, and the lines will get far shorter. Let's all go vote early, before someone else uses a fraudulent voter ID to vote in your name.
Thursday, 8am, Tulsa County
Friday, 8am, Canadian County