September 3rd, 2018
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State Question 798 would amend the state constitution to require the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run together on one ticket beginning in 2026.
In 2018, the Legislature approved a measure to put State Question 798 on the ballot by a vote of 69 to 22 in the House and 34 to 9 in the Senate.
If adopted by the people, SQ 798 would amend the state constitution to require the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run together on one ticket beginning in 2026.
Up to now, Oklahomans have cast separate votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. SQ 798 also requires the Legislature to provide the procedure for the joint nomination and election of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor run on a combined ticket in 26 other states. In 17 states, including currently in Oklahoma, the Lieutenant Governor is elected separately from the Governor. The remaining states either do not have a Lieutenant Governor position or give that title to the President of the state Senate.
Of the 26 states with a combined Governor/Lieutenant Governor ticket, candidates for Governor may pick their running mate in 18 states. The other eight states hold separate primaries to decide each party’s nominees for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
This measure will add a provision to the Oklahoma Constitution to change the manner in which the overnor and Lieutenant Governor are elected. Currently, voters cast one vote for their preferred candidate for Governor and a separate vote for their preferred candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Under this measure, if approved, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor for the same party will run together on a single ticket and voters will cast one vote for their preferred ticket.
The measure requires the Legislature to establish procedures for the joint nomination and election of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. If passed, this new election format will be used beginning in the 2026 general election cycle.
More about State Question 798
- 2018 Fact Sheet: SQ 798 (PDF) [OK Policy]
- SQ 798 documents [Secretary of State]
- Oklahoma State Question 798: Governor and Lieutenant Governor Joint Ticket Amendment (2018) [Ballotpedia]
- Voters to decide future of elections for lieutenant governor [Journal Record]
Visit our 2018 State Questions and Elections page for more information on Oklahoma ballot measures and elections. Download this fact sheet as a PDF or download all five State Questions as a single PDF.