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Oklahoma 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Civil & Constitutional Law | Criminal Justice

    State Question 776: Death Penalty Amendment

    It states that all death penalty statutes are in effect. It states that methods of execution can be changed. It states that the death penalty is not cruel and unusual punishment.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes941,33666.4 %
    No477,05733.6 %
    Agriculture

    State Question 777: Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment

    Protects the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices. It prohibits the Legislature from passing laws that would take away the right to employ agricultural technology and livestock production without a compelling state interest. It provides for interpretation of the section.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes568,89139.7 %
    No863,75260.3 %
    Education: PreK-12 | Tax & Revenue

    State Question 779: One Percent Sales Tax Amendment

    Creates a limited purpose fund to improve public education. It levies a one cent sales and use tax to provide revenue for the fund. It allocates funds for specific institutions and purposes related to the improvement of public education, such as increasing teacher salaries, addressing teacher shortages, programs to improve reading in early grades, to increase high school graduation rates, college and career readiness, and college affordability, improving higher education and career and technology education, and increasing access to voluntary early learning opportunities for low-income and at-risk children. It requires an annual audit of school districts' use of monies from the fund. It prohibits school districts' use of these funds for administrative salaries. It provides for an increase in teacher salaries. It requires that monies from the fund not supplant or replace other education funding.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes582,50540.6 %
    No852,64159.4 %
    Criminal Justice | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

    State Question 780: An Act relating to Criminal Justice Reform for Low-Level Offenses

    This measure amends statutes to reform criminal sentences for certain property and drug offenses. It makes certain property offenses misdemeanors. It makes simple drug possession a misdemeanor. Property offenses where the value of the property is one thousand dollars or more remain felonies, and the distribution, possession with intent to distribute, transportation with intent to distribute, manufacture, or trafficking of drugs remain felonies.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes829,92858.2 %
    No595,43141.8 %
    Criminal Justice | Health | Human Services

    State Question 781: An Act Relating to the County Community Safety Investment Fund

    This measure creates the County Community Safety Investment Fund. The fund consists of costs saved by reclassifying as misdemeanors certain property crimes and drug possession. The funds must be distributed to counties for the purpose of funding rehabilitative programs, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. This measure only becomes effective if voters approve State Question 780, the Oklahoma Smart Justice Reform Act

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes794,34156.2 %
    No618,91043.8 %
    Budgets | State Government

    State Question 790: Public Money for Religious Purposes Amendment

    Repeals Section 5 of Article 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution. This section prohibits the use of public monies or property for sectarian or religious purposes.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes606,67542.9 %
    No808,24857.1 %
    Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

    State Question 792: Wine and Beer Amendment

    Beverages that contain alcohol are governed by the new Article and other laws. It requires the Legislature to enact laws to regulate alcoholic beverages. Common ownership between tiers of the alcoholic beverage business is prohibited, with some exceptions. Some restrictions apply to manufacturers, brewers, winemakers and wholesalers. Direct shipments to consumers are prohibited unless direct shipments of wine are authorized by law, subject to limitations. Licenses to sell wine, beer and spirits at retail locations are required. The Legislature could prescribe other licenses. Sales of wine and beer are permitted at certain licensed retail locations. Licensees may sell refrigerated or non-refrigerated products, and Retail Spirits Licensees may sell products other than alcoholic beverages in a limited amount. Certain persons are prohibited from being licensed. Certain acts are made unlawful. The Legislature could by law, designate days and hours during which alcoholic beverages could be sold, and impose taxes on sales. Certain restrictions relating to the involvement of the state and political subdivisions and public employees are specified. Municipalities could also levy an occupation tax.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes938,54365.6 %
    No491,86834.4 %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 101 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    State Senate - A total of 25 seats out of the chamber's 48 seats are up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect five candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's five congressional districts.
    US Senate - Voters in Oklahoma will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Judicial Branch
    State Judges - Seven seats on Oklahoma's state-level courts are up for retention elections on November 8, 2016
    Local Government
    Municipal - Of these 46 cities with elections this year, 25 are holding elections for both mayor and city council. Twenty are holding elections just for their city council and one is holding elections only for mayor.
    Candidates
    Oklahoma Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? No
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

    Oklahoma is one of the nine states where write-in voting for presidential candidates is not permitted. Oklahoma does not allow write-in candidates for president

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    Oklahoma Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(101)
    (26)(75)
    State Senators(48)
    (6)(42)
    US Representatives(5)
    (5)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    UPCOMING DATES
    May 9, 2017
    Oklahoma : Special Elections Day. State Representative Districts 28 and 75 only
    July 11, 2017
    Oklahoma : State Representative Districts 75 and 46 and State Senator District 44 only Special Elections
    September 12, 2017
    Oklahoma : State Representative District 46 and State Senator District 44 only
    November 6, 2018
    Oklahoma : General election Day