By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Strong voter turnout strong among Canadian County’s nearly 89,000 registered voters in the 2020 general election.
Some 2,866 voters came for early voting last Thursday through Saturday at the Canadian County Election Board in El Reno. The election board had mailed out 16,335 requested absentee ballots.
Forty eight precincts at 43 polling places across Canadian County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 for the general election. This year’s election features a hotly contested presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
There were 75,396 registered voters in Canadian County during the last presidential election in November 2016 won by Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The voter turnout was 74.1%, with 55,870 ballots cast across the county.
Besides candidates for U.S. president and vice president, the names of other political contenders appear the 17-inch Canadian County ballot.
Republican political contenders traditionally fare well in Canadian County. That’s largely due to the breakdown, by political party, of registered voters.
At last count, 60.9% of Canadian County voters are Republican – compared to 22.3% Democrat and 15.9% Independent.
Among races of local interest for Yukon-area voters are:
* State Representative District 43: Republican Jay Steagall (incumbent) of Yukon and Independent Cassie Kinet of Yukon.
* State Senator District 45: Republican Paul Rosino (incumbent) of Oklahoma City and Democrat Jennifer Wilkinson of Yukon.
Also appearing on Yukon-area ballots are:
* State Corporation Commissioner: Republican Todd Hiett (incumbent) and Libertarian Todd Hagopian.
* U.S. Senator: Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent), Libertarian Robert Murphy, Democrat Abby Broyles, Independent Joan Farr, and Independent A.D. Nesbit.
* U.S. Representative District 3: Republican Frank Lucas (incumbent) and Democrat Zoe Midyett.
Voters across Oklahoma will decide whether to retain three state Supreme Court justices and five state appeals court judges.
Meanwhile, state questions 805 and 814 appear on the back side of the general election ballot.
Nearly half of Canadian County’s registered voters – those who live in Oklahoma City limits – will consider nine City of Oklahoma City charter change questions on a separate ballot.
Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold advised voters to visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website, elections.ok.gov, to view sample ballots before they cast their ballots.
Other detailed election information – including a list of polling places and voter registration details – may be viewed by clicking on the red “OK Voters Portal” link.