ENID, Okla. – During his lunch break on Tuesday afternoon, Charles Francisco took the time to vote in the general election.
Francisco was one of more than 750 voters for Central Christian Church and said the vote was important for the future of Oklahoma and the United States.
Education was one of the topics that worried Francisco as he filled out his ballot, saying he and his wife, who is a teacher, want to make sure their children get the best curriculum and that instructors are respected. .
“As a father of five, I think it’s important to do my duty and vote my conscience – vote for who I think will give my children the best opportunities in the future,” Francisco said. , a registered Republican.
In Garfield County, more than 16,000 total votes — including absentee mail, early voting and Election Day — were rejected out of 32,742 registered voters, according to unofficial results from the Elections Board of the United States. Oklahoma State.
Donald Koehn, a registered Republican, and Minnie Johsnon, who is registered as a Democrat, both cast their ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Hallie Gantz Student Center at Northern Oklahoma College, which garnered more than 300 votes as of 6:15 p.m. before the closing of the polling stations that night.
“If you don’t vote, then you don’t cast your vote,” Koehn said, expressing the importance of voting in elections.
“I think everyone should vote…because it matters,” Johnson said.
Like Francisco, one of the issues at the forefront of Tiffany Hedrick’s mind when she cast her ballot at Central Christian Church on Tuesday was education.
“It just seems like we’re still struggling in this area – to do better,” said Hedrick, who is registered as a freelancer. “I have kids in school so I want to make sure that for their future we have a good environment for them and we have good teachers. We don’t want to be down there anymore.
Francisco added that he thinks it’s important for voters to research candidates, make informed decisions and vote with a conscience, regardless of party affiliation.
“I think you’re doing yourself and your community a disservice if you don’t research current issues and look at what candidates really stand for, especially those who have been in office for a long time – look at their voting record,” he said. “So vote…what you think is for the good of our society, our state, and our country.”
Hedrick also said that every time she leaves a polling station after casting her vote, she hopes for the best no matter who wins each race, and she did this time too.
“Hopefully they do the right thing for Oklahoma,” Hedrick said.