Blank presidential votes doubled in ‘16

Almost twice as many Oklahomans refused to mark a preference for president on November 8 than in the 2012 presidential election.

On November 8, about 15,931 Oklahoma voters refused to vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton or Libertarian Gary Johnson. They marked the rest of their ballots but left those three spaces blank.

Only 8,161 Oklahoma voters left the presidential spaces blank in 2012 when Democrat Barack Hussein Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were on the ballot.

Trump carried Oklahoma and won the presidency on November 8 and Romney won Oklahoma in 2012 but lost the presidency to Obama in 2012.

Trump got 949,136 (65 percent) of the 1,452,992 votes cast in Oklahoma this year.

Write-in votes are not allowed by law in Oklahoma.