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Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On Election Day last year, state Rep. Jon Echols was mortified to see a 3 1/2-hour line to vote in his district, which stretches from the edge of Oklahoma City's urban core into suburban neighborhoods that give way to wide stretches of rural land.

A nation like the U.S. — with "real, free and fair elections," Echols said — shouldn't make people wait so long to participate in democracy.

"We should all be humiliated that we had that," Echols said.

He may sound like a voting rights advocate or a Democratic politician set on expanding access to the ballot, but Echols...

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