Oklahoma 2018 State Questions and Elections

  Click below to jump to section: Oklahoma State Questions Candidate/Elections Information Important Dates Voter Tools    Oklahoma State Questions  In addition to state and national races, voters will decide five state questions on November 6th. State Question 793 –… Read more [More...]

Judges on the Ballot in Oklahoma: What you need to know

The original version of this post was authored by past OK Policy intern Forrest Farjadian. It was updated for 2018 by OK Policy intern Max West. Oklahoma is one of 39 states where voters have a role in selecting judges. On November… Read more [More...]

What we know – and don’t know – about the revenue bill veto challenge

In late March, on the eve of an anticipated teacher walk-out, Oklahoma lawmakers approved a series of bills intended to provide pay raises for teachers, school support staff, and state employees. To pay for the raises, lawmakers approved a number… Read more [More...]

What we know about Oklahoma’s 2018 legislative elections

The filing period for the 2018 elections concluded on April 13th, one day after the Oklahoma Education Association announced the end to the two-week teacher walkout that brought tens of thousands of educators and their supporters to the Capitol on… Read more [More...]

Marsy’s Law is well-intentioned, but be wary of unintended consequences

Annaly Sullivan is an OK Policy intern. She is a recent graduate of the University ​of ​East ​Anglia with a masters in Impact Evaluation. Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas was stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Released on bail before the… Read more [More...]

Don’t ask Oklahomans to step down from guiding state agencies (Guest post: RoseAnn Duplan, Wanda Felty, and Erin Taylor)

RoseAnn Duplan, Wanda Felty, and Erin Taylor are advocates for families on the DDS (Developmental Disabilities Services) Waiting List. As parents of adult children with developmental disabilities, we’ve earned seven decades of experience.   We’re familiar with programs and supports other… Read more [More...]

How does SQ 788 compare to other states’ medical marijuana laws?

Next year, Oklahomans will vote on State Question 788, a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana. As of 2017, 29 states have approved measures legalizing the drug for medical purposes. We often think of legalization in binary terms — either… Read more [More...]

Six takeaways from Tuesday’s vote

While most of the attention in Oklahoma last week focused on the geological earthquake that shook the state and the political earthquake that shook the nation, the state election results got less detailed coverage. Here are a few of our… Read more [More...]

Hofmeister indictment highlights need for better campaign finance laws (Capitol Updates)

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. Almost everyone seems to agree that excessive money has fouled our politics in this country,… Read more [More...]

Who’s not voting, and why

With Election Day tomorrow, many of us are busily getting prepared to exercise one of our basic civic rights by attending candidate forums, poring over election guides, studying the seven state ballot measures, and reviewing sample ballots.  But many Oklahomans… Read more [More...]