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State questions primer



In the weeks leading up to the election, the Gazette ran an article on each of the eleven state questions. Click the bolded headers of each question to access the individual stories.

744 Education

A "yes" vote changes the way the Legislature determines funding for common education, constitutionally requiring lawmakers to allocate per-pupil funds equivalent to the average of Oklahoma's six surrounding states.

A "no" vote maintains the current appropriations process.

746 Voting

A "yes" vote requires voters to present a document proving their identity.

A "no" vote means the present law stays in effect, which requires only that first-time voters in a federal election must show ID.

747 Term Limits

A "yes" vote imposes term limits for holding a statewide elected office. Governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, labor commissioner, auditor and inspector, superintendent of public instruction and insurance commissioner are limited to eight years, and corporation commissioner is limited to 12 years.

A "no" vote would reject imposing term limits for all statewide offices.

748 Redistricting

A "yes" vote changes the rules concerning legislative and congressional redistricting to establish a six-member commission with the governor, speaker of the House and Senate president pro tempore each choosing two members of the commission: one Democrat and one Republican.

A "no" vote would leave the reapportion commission as it stands.

750 Initiatives

A "yes" vote ties the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referendums to a figure of 8 percent of voters in the previous gubernatorial race to propose a new law, 5 percent for an initiative petition and 15 percent in order for voters to consider a referendum to the Constitution.

A "no" vote links the number of signatures needed to propose a new law to 8 percent of Oklahoma voters in the most recent presidential or gubernatorial race, 5 percent for an initiative petition and 15 percent to consider a change to the Constitution.

751 English

A "yes" vote amends the Constitution to require that official actions of the state " including the printing of driver's licenses and government documents " be done in English, unless federal law requires differently.

A "no" vote does not make any change to the Oklahoma Constitution.

752 Judicial

A "yes" vote amends the Oklahoma Constitution to allow two at-large members from any congressional district in the state to be appointed to the current 13-member Judicial Nomination Commission.
A "no" vote maintains the current process.

754 Education

A "yes" vote allows the Legislature to continue to evaluate education allocations on a year-by-year basis, not requiring lawmakers to make funding decisions based on allocations made to any specific cause in other states. SQ 754 aims to override SQ 744.

A "no" vote supports the use of comparisons to other states or entities in setting funding requirements.

Should voters pass both 744 and 754, the one with the most votes will prevail.

755 Sharia law

A "yes" vote amends the Oklahoma Constitution to forbid courts from considering Islamic Sharia law.

A "no" vote would not amend the Constitution.

756 Health care

A "yes" vote amends the state Constitution to opt-out of federal health care.

A "no" vote does not amend the Constitution.

757 Budgeting

A "yes" vote increases the percentage of surplus revenue that goes into the state's Rainy Day Fund from 10 percent to 15 percent.

A "no" vote keeps the Rainy Day Fund percentages where they currently are, at 10 percent.


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