OKLAHOMA

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NOTES:

  1. OK Voter Registration Deadlines is Oct 9, 25 days before Nov 3, 2020.

  2. Stage 3 -- No excuse required for vote by mail.
  3. Online registration is not available. The state has permission to do online registration since 2015 but it has been delayed to 2021

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  1.  Act Blue Directory 

  2. Vote.org -- Everything about every state

  3. Movement.vote/groups/ -- Help local, state orgs get out the vote

  4. Votevets.org -- Vets against voter suppression

  5. Votefwd.org -- Most popular way to volunteer to support getting out the vote

  6. VoteSaveAmerica.com -- Adopt a State

Kendra Horn incumbent for Congress US House of Representatives

Voter Issues

OCTOBER 2020

 

• Oklahoma: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging Oklahoma's GOP-backed requirement that mail voters have their ballots notarized or include a photocopy of their ID.

SEPTEMBER 2020

• Oklahoma: Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued an executive order extending voting provisions through November that had been in place for the primary that somewhat ease the requirements for voting absentee by mail. Stitt's order suspends a requirement that voters get their ballot signed by a notary, but it adds a requirement that voters include a photocopy of their ID, which may be especially burdensome for certain voters with limited transportation options amid social distancing. Stitt's order comes amid an ongoing Democratic lawsuit to suspend both the notary and photocopy ID requirements, which remains pending before a lower federal court.

AUGUST 2020

• Oklahoma: Supporters of an initiative to amend Oklahoma's constitution to create an independent redistricting commission have refiled their measure for the 2022 ballot after the inability to gather signatures electronically during the coronavirus pandemic required them to withdraw their effort to get onto this November's ballot. If this new effort obtains roughly 178,000 voter signatures and wins majority support at the ballot two years from now, it would require the state to immediately redraw its congressional and legislative districts for 2024.

MARCH 2020

• Oklahoma: Conservatives in Oklahoma have filed two new lawsuits in state court in an attempt to prevent a measure that would set up a new redistricting commission from appearing on the ballot this year.

Backers of the initiative revised and resubmitted their ballot summary text following the state Supreme Court's rejection of their original summary as inaccurate last month. In this latest suit, opponents argue that the new summary is also inaccurate; that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution by counting prisoners at their last address instead of where they are incarcerated; and that it's unconstitutional because it limits who can serve on the commission.

The measure in question would create an independent commission for congressional and legislative redistricting. The state Supreme Court previously ruled that it did not violate the First Amendment or the state constitution's limitation on initiatives addressing more than one subject. The high court has a 5-4 majority appointed by Democratic governors, but that alone is no guarantee that the court will reject these latest challenges.

FEBRUARY 2020

• Oklahoma: A committee in Oklahoma's heavily Republican state Senate has approved a bill that would require the state to fully implement online voter registration by the end of 2021. The Republican-led state government enacted online registration in 2015, but it has long been delayed and only partially implemented, leaving Oklahoma as one of just a handful of states that don't allow some form of online registration for new voters.

 

• Oklahoma: Oklahoma's state Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 to reject the proposed ballot summary language for an initiative that would create an independent redistricting commission. The court, which has a 5-4 majority of justices appointed by Democratic governors, ruled that the summary language did not fully explain the proposal. However, the justices held that the proposal itself was constitutional and did not violate the First Amendment or the state's prohibition on initiatives addressing more than one topic.

Supporters of the initiative have filed new summary text in order to survive judicial scrutiny, and the measure may still qualify for the November ballot. However, future legal action is likely, and proponents would still have to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot even if the new language passes legal muster.

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