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DACA forum sparks discussion about uncertain future: Briseyda Amador was 2 years old when her parents moved from Mexico to Oklahoma City in 2000. The Dove Science Academy senior has set goals that include being the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. Those plans, however, are on hold for Amador, 18, one of nearly 7,500 undocumented immigrants in Oklahoma who could lose deportation protections found under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, unless Congress acts by March 5 [NewsOK]. Congress must pass the Dream Act to protect young Oklahomans and our economy [OK Policy].
As special elections continue, voter participation lower than expected: Special elections always spur low voter turnout, but some Oklahoma political analysts said recent election turnout has been even lower than expected. At best, the special elections are drawing half the voters that general elections did in the same districts. Some onlookers blamed 2016’s grueling presidential campaign, the sheer number of special elections and voter fatigue. Others offered simpler explanations: strange dates and quiet campaigns [Journal Record]. Who are these non-voters, why aren’t they voting, and what can we do about it? [OK Policy]
Democrats, special elections and base closures: Clearing the desk on a Wednesday morning: With Jacob Rosecrants’ surprisingly easy victory in Norman on Tuesday, Oklahoma Democrats have now picked up a total of five legislative seats in special elections since the middle of 2015. That’s not exactly a tidal wave, and so far they’ve only had to defend one of those — which they did successfully — but it does suggest a more energized core. Special elections usually have lower turnout and are easier for a committed base to sway [Randy Krehbiel / Tulsa World].
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