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A Preview of Tuesday's Ballot

LAWTON, Ok - Many in Southwest Oklahoma still have some questions about what they will be seeing on the ballot when they step into the voting booth on Tuesday. 7News has put together a list of every race, state question and ballot proposition voters may see tomorrow.

2016 state questions

Ballot title for state question no. 776

This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma constitution, section 9a of article 2. The new section deals with the death penalty. The section establishes state constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of execution. Under these constitutional requirements:

  • The legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the united states constitution.
  • Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid.
  • When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method, and
  • The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law­—as distinguished from a method of execution—shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s constitution, nor to contravene any provision of the Oklahoma constitution.

Ballot title for state question no. 777

This measure adds section 38 to article ii of the Oklahoma constitution.

The new section creates state constitutional rights. It creates the following guaranteed rights to engage in farming and ranching:

  • The right to make use of agricultural technology
  • The right to make use of livestock procedures, and
  • The right to make use of ranching practices.

These constitutional rights receive extra protection under this measure that not all constitutional rights receive. This extra protection is a limit on lawmakers’ ability to interfere with the exercise of these rights. Under this extra protection, no law can interfere with these rights, unless the law is justified by a compelling state interest-a clearly identified state interest of the highest order. Additionally, the law must be necessary to serve that compelling state interest.

The measure—and the protections identified above—do not apply to and do not impact state laws related to:

  • Trespass,
  • Eminent domain,
  • Dominance of mineral interests,
  • Easements
  • Right of way or other property rights, and
  • Any state statutes and political subdivision ordinances enacted before December 31, 2014. 

Ballot title for state question no. 779

This measure adds a new article to the Oklahoma constitution. The article creates a limited purpose fund to increase funding for public education. It increases state sales and use taxes by one cent per dollar to provide revenue for the fund. The revenue to be used for public education shall be allocated: 69.50% for common school districts, 19.25% for the institutions under the authority of the Oklahoma state regents for higher education, 3.25% for the Oklahoma department of career and technology education, and 8% for the state department of education. It requires teacher salary increases funded by this measure raise teacher salaries by at least $5,000 over the salaries paid in the year prior to adoption of this measure. It requires an annual audit of school districts' use of monies. It prohibits school districts' use of these funds for increasing superintendents' salaries or adding superintendent positions. It requires that monies from the fund not supplant or replace other educational funding. If the Oklahoma board of equalization determines funding has been replaced, the legislature may not make any appropriations until the amount of replaced funding is returned to the fund. The article takes effect on July 1 after its passage.

Ballot title for state question no. 780

This measure amends existing Oklahoma laws and would change the classification of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor. It would make possession of a limited quantity of drugs a misdemeanor. The amendment also changes the classification of certain drug possession crimes which are currently considered felonies and cases where the defendant has a prior drug possession conviction. The proposed amendment would reclassify these drug possession cases as misdemeanors. The amendment would increase the threshold dollar amount used for determining whether certain property crimes are considered a felony or misdemeanor. Currently, the threshold is $500. The amendment would increase the amount to $1000. Property crimes covered by this change include; false declaration of a pawn ticket, embezzlement, larceny, grand larceny, theft, receiving or concealing stolen property, taking domesticated fish or game, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, or issuing bogus checks. This measure would become effective July 1, 2017. 

Ballot title for state question no. 781

This measure creates the county community safety investment fund, only if voters approve state question 780, the Oklahoma smart justice reform act. This measure would create a fund, consisting of any calculated savings or averted costs that accrued to the state from the implementation of the Oklahoma smart justice reform act in reclassifying certain property crimes and drug possession as misdemeanors. The measure requires the office of management and enterprise services to use either actual data or its best estimate to determine how much money was saved on a yearly basis. The amount determined to be saved must be deposited into the fund and distributed to counties in proportion to their population to provide community rehabilitative programs, such as mental health and substance abuse services. This measure will not become effective if state question 780, the Oklahoma smart justice reform act, is not approved by the people. The measure will become effective on July 1 immediately following its passage. 

Ballot title for state question no. 790

This measure would remove article 2, section 5 of the Oklahoma constitution, which prohibits the government from using public money or property for the direct or indirect benefit of any religion or religious institution. Article 2, section 5 has been interpreted by the Oklahoma courts as requiring the removal of a ten commandments monument from the grounds of the state capitol. If this measure repealing article 2, section 5 is passed, the government would still be required to comply with the establishment clause of the united states constitution, which is a similar constitutional provision that prevents the government from endorsing a religion or becoming overly involved with religion.

Ballot title for state question no. 792

This measure repeals article 28 of the Oklahoma constitution and restructures the laws governing alcoholic beverages through a new article 28a and other laws the legislature will create if the measure passes. The new article 28a provides that with exceptions, a person or company can have an ownership interest in only one area of the alcoholic beverage business-manufacturing, wholesaling, or retailing. Some restrictions apply to the sales of manufacturers, brewers, winemakers, and wholesalers. Subject to limitations, the legislature may authorize direct shipments to consumers of wine. Retail locations like grocery stores may sell wine and beer. Liquor stores may sell products other than alcoholic beverages in limited amounts. The legislature must create licenses for retail locations, liquor stores, and places serving alcoholic beverages and may create other licenses. Certain licensees must meet residency requirements. Felons cannot be licensees. The legislature must designate days and hours when alcoholic beverages may be sold and may impose taxes on sales. Municipalities may levy an occupation tax. If authorized, a state lodge may sell individual alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption but no other state involvement in the alcoholic beverage business is allowed. With one exception, the measure will take effect October 1, 2018.

President

For president and vice president | Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence, Republican

For president and vice president | Gary Johnson / Bill Weld, Libertarian

For president and vice president | Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine, Democrat

Judicial retention

Supreme Court District 5

Shall James R. Winchester of the Oklahoma Supreme Court be retained in office?

Supreme Court District 8

Shall Douglas L. Coombs of the Oklahoma Supreme Court be retained in office?

Court of Criminal Appeals, District 1

Shall Clancy Smith of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals be retained in office?

Court of Criminal Appeals, District 2

Shall Robert L. Hudson of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals be retained in office?

Court of Civil Appeals, District 3, Office 1

Shall Tom Thornburgh of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals be retained in office?

Court of Civil Appeals, District 3, Office 2

Shall John F. Fischer of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals be retained in office?

Court of Civil Appeals, District 4, Office 2

Shall Larry Joplin of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals be retained in office?

                               

United States Senator

James Lankford, Republican

Robert T. Murphy, Libertarian

Mike Workman, Democrat

Mark T. Beard, Independent

Sean Braddy, Independent

United States Representative - District 03

Frank D. Lucas, Republican

Frankie Robbins, Democrat

United States Representative - District 04

Tom Cole, Republican

Sevier White, Libertarian

Christina Owen, Democrat

State Senator - District 43

Paul Scott, Republican

Leah Pollan, Democrat

State Senator - District 31

Chris Kidd, Republican

Perry Brinegar, Democrat

State Representative - District 50

Marcus McEntire, Republican

Melissa Tilley, Democrat

               

State Representative - District 55

Todd Russ, Republican

Wayne A. Walters, Democrat

                               

State Representative - District 51

Scott R. Biggs, Republican

Charles L. Murdock, Democrat

State Representative - District 62

John Michael Montgomery, Republican

Larry Bush, Democrat

State Representative - District 63

Jeff Coody, Republican

Randy Batt, Democrat

State Representative - District 64

Rande Worthen, Republican

Jacobi T. Crowley, Democrat

State Representative - District 65

Scooter Park, Republican

Rick Gilleland, Democrat

Comanche County Commissioner - District 02

Richard Strickland, Republican

Johnny Owens, Democrat

City of Lawton - Council Member Ward 3

Caleb Davis

Michael R. Dixon

City of Lawton - Councilmember Ward 4

Jay Burk

Jody Maples

City of Lawton - Proposition no. 1:

Shall the following amendment to article 2, section 8 of the charter of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, as proposed by the Lawton City Council, be approved?

Brief gist: Article 2, section 8 is amended to provide that a council member's absences from regular council meetings within a four month period due to illness or injury will not be counted towards the number of absences that will disqualify a council member from continuing to hold his office; and further amended to provide that absences for any reason that exceed more than one-half of all regular and special meetings held within twelve consecutive months will cause the council member to be disqualified and cease to hold office.

City of Lawton - Proposition no. 2:

Shall the following amendment to article 2, section 1 and article 6, section 1 of the charter of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, as proposed by the Lawton City Council, be approved?

Brief gist: Article 2, section 1 is amended by moving language from article 6, section 1, to article 2, section 1, which states a person seeking elective office must be a registered voter within the municipality if running for mayor, or within the ward if running for a ward position, for at least six (6) months. The amendment clarifies these qualifications also apply to a person seeking office by appointment until the next election. Article 2, section 1 is further amended to mirror state law by providing persons guilty of certain crimes are ineligible to be a candidate for or elected to or appointed to the offices of mayor or councilmember for a period of fifteen (15) years; and persons who, while in the office of mayor or council member, are guilty of the specified crimes are not eligible to remain in office and the office shall be vacated immediately when the case is finally determined.

City of Lawton - Proposition no. 3:

Shall the following amendment to article 6, sections 4 and 6 of the charter of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, as proposed by the Lawton City Council, be approved?

Brief gist: Article 6, sections 4 and 6 are amended to allow the city's primary election date to occur in august in even numbered years and in September in odd numbered years, as currently permitted by the state's election calendar. The city's primary election is currently held in June, long before the city's general election which occurs in November every year. Should the state's election calendar change, this amendment will allow the city to adapt to the change by an ordinance (as opposed to another charter amendment).

City of Lawton - Proposition no. 4:

Shall the following amendment to Article 9, section 2 of the charter of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, as proposed by the Lawton City Council, be approved?

Brief gist: Article 9, section 2 is amended by adding language that requires the city council to conduct regular reviews of the charter at least every five (5) years. The previous language in section 2 is renumbered section c-9-3.

Cotton County Sheriff

Tim King, Republican

Kent Simpson, Democrat

Cotton County Commissioner District 02

Clarence Scooter Bivins, Republican

Ricky Vardell, Democrat

Town of Temple

Proposition

Jefferson County Sheriff

Jeremie G. Wilson, Republican

Michael W. Bryant, Democrat

Jefferson County Treasurer (unexpired term)

Emily Follis, Republican

Mary Atwood, Democrat

Southern Oklahoma Tech Center

Proposition

Town of Terral

Proposition

Jackson County Commissioner District 03 (unexpired term)

Rhet Johnson, Republican

Buddy Dehtan, Democrat

Harmon County Commissioner District 03 (unexpired term)

Chad Robinson, Republican

Larry Cox, Democrat

Greer County Commissioner District 02

Ricky Straub, Republican

Terry Nickell, Democrat

To lookup the sample ballot you will be using as you go to the polls visit the Oklahoma Election Board

Count on 7News all day on Election Day for the most up to date information and results after polls close at 7 P.M.  

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