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Lankford comments on SQ 790 while in line to vote

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U.S. James Lankford (R-OKC) and his wife Cindy wait in line at Precinct 139 to cast their vote. Like many others in Oklahoma City, Lankford faced an hour to two hour wait as lines wrapped around the building.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- At 8:30 a.m., U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City) found himself at the back of a line of approximately 250 people waiting to vote at his polling location at Church of the Servant.

Lankford, Oklahoma's junior U.S. senator, is up for re-election and is facing a Democrat, a Libertarian and two independent candidates this election cycle.

Although he was hesitant to predict an outcome of the presidential elections, he was anxious to see how the citizens would vote on the state questions.

"I think a lot of people found them to be confusing," he said. "They are written in a confusing way, and people want the facts. So they read the questions, but turn to see what people say the facts are."

Lankford, 48, has been especially vocal about  State Question 790, which he said would give Oklahomans more religious freedom. 

"It's not about the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol," he said. "Oklahoma added the separation during a time when there was a Catholic prejudice, and the reason was to prevent Catholic organizations to receive government benefits. This question would allow the state to partner with faith-based organizations and services, whether that be for helping the homeless or feeding the hungry." 

He added that the Ten Commandments reflect Oklahoma's history, which is why it could be allowed on state grounds while other monuments, like the Hindu "monkey god," would not be.

Another voter, Heather Popowsky of Edmond, voted early as well, but only spent about 30 minutes in line at her precinct. Although she was confident on who she voted on for president, she said she was still confused on a few of the state questions.

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