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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Oklahoma

In the 1930s, more than a million Oklahoma residents moved to California as a result of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. They were known as "Okies,” a term that was initially pejorative but became a badge of pride for later generations.

In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced the Eastern Woodlands Indian tribes off of their homelands and into “Indian Territory,” which is now the state of Oklahoma. By 1840, nearly 100,000 Indians had been evicted and close to 15,000 had died of disease, exposure to elements or malnutrition along the journey, which became known as the “Trail of Tears.”

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In 1905, representatives from the Cherokee, Seminole, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations—known as the Five Civilized Tribes—submitted a constitution for a separate Indian state to be called Sequoyah. Although a large majority of voters supported the petition in the November election, Congress refused to consider the request for statehood. On November 16, 1907, Indian and Oklahoma territories were combined to form the state of Oklahoma.

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During the course of the day on June 8, 1974, Oklahoma City was struck by five different tornadoes. Between 1890 and 2011, the city, which is located near the heart of “tornado alley,” was hit by a total of 147 tornadoes.

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Oklahoma’s state capitol building is the only capitol with an oil well directly underneath it. In 1941, the “Petunia Number One” well was slant drilled through a flowerbed to reach the oil pool, which produced approximately 1.5 million bbl. over the course of 43 years.

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Oklahoma is a Choctaw Indian word that means “red people.” It is derived from the words for people (okla) and red (humma).

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Thirty-nine American Indian tribes are headquartered within the state of Oklahoma.

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State of Oklahoma Quick Facts
  • Current Population:3,911,338
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 24 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 7
  • Congressional Districts: 5
  • Date of Statehood: November 16, 1907
  • Size: 69,899 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Sooner State
  • Tree: Redbud
  • Flower: Mistletoe
  • Bird: Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Registered Voters

: 1,978,807

Total Voter Registration : 1,978,807

  • Democrat : 832,059
  • Republican : 880,130
  • Americans Elect : 13
  • Independent : 266,605

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Oklahoma?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Oklahoma.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Oklahoma does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Oklahoma?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Oklahoma, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    you can complete one at County Election Board offices and tag agencies

    By Mail

    You must fill out a voter registration application form. Voter registration applications are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to 2 hours leave to vote (or more if distance requires). The employee must give notice the day before Election Day and cannot have pay reduced if proof of voting is provided. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

    Oklahoma State Government

    Oklahoma Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution

    All political power is inherent in the people; and government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and to promote their general welfare; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it: Provided, such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.

    The people have the right peaceably to assemble for their own good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances by petition, address, or remonstrance.

    The Executive Branch
    Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

    Executive Power

    The Supreme Executive power shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled "The Governor of the State of Oklahoma."

    The executive authority of the state shall be vested in a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state uuditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, Commissioner of Labor, commissioner of insurance and other officers provided by law and this Constitution, each of whom shall keep his office and public records, books and papers at the seat of government, and shall perform such duties as may be designated in this Constitution or prescribed by law.

    Oklahoma Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • The State Auditor and Inspector (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative authority of the state shall be vested in a legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives; but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose laws and amendments to the Constitution and to enact or reject the same at the polls independent of the legislature, and also reserve power at their own option to approve or reject at the polls any act of the legislature.

    The House of Representatives shall consist of the number of Representatives as determined by the formula and procedure set forth herein. The number of members of the House of Representatives.

    The House of Representatives has 101 members, each serving a two-year term.

    The Senate has 48 members, each serving a four-year term.

    Judicial Branch

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of this State shall be vested in the Senate, sitting as a Court of Impeachment, a Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court on the Judiciary, the State Industrial Court, the Court of Bank Review, the Court of Tax Review, and such intermediate appellate courts as may be provided by statute District Courts, and such Boards, Agencies and Commissions created by the Constitution or established by statute as exercise adjudicative authority or render decisions in individual proceedings.

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court was founded in 1907, and is the court of last resort in the state for civil matters. It is composed of nine justices each representing a judicial district, who serve six-year terms

    The Court of Civil Appeals consists of 12 judges in four divisions.

    Oklahoma Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(101)
    (30)(71)
    State Senators(48)
    (9)(39)
    US Representatives(5)
    (5)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Oklahoma US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Oklahoma. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Oklahoma's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Oklahoma: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

    Incumbent Republican Senator, James Lankford, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 4, 2014, James Lankford won the special election to the United States Senate with 67.9% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Connie Johnson, who came in a distant second with 29.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Oklahoma)

    Oklahoma 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Oklahoma this election cycle. Of the 5 seats up for election this election cycle, 5 currently held by Republicans, and 0 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Oklahoma U.S. House

    Republicans(5)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Oklahoma Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor, according to the Oklahoma Constitution, must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." The governor is vested with "supreme executive power" as the state's "Chief Magistrate" and acts as head of the Executive department of Oklahoma, granting him the ability to issue executive orders which are binding through out the State of Oklahoma.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, Secretary of State, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer or superintendent of public instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

    Election

    Oklahoma elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person shall be eligible to serve as Governor for a period of time in excess of eight (8) years. Such years need not be consecutive. Any years served by a person serving as Governor for less than full term to fill a vacancy in such office shall not be included in eight-year limitation set forth herein.

    Salary

    $147,000

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor is the first in line to become the new governor upon the death, resignation or removal of the governor. The lieutenant governor also serves as the president of the state senate, and may cast the tie breaking votes in that chamber.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer or Superintendent of Public Instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

    Election

    Oklahoma elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    Limited to two terms.

    Salary

    $114,713

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less thanthirty-one (31) years.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    o appear for the state and prosecute and defend all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal, in the supreme court and court of criminal appeals in which the state is interested as a party.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, secretary of state, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer or superintendent of public instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

    Election

    The Attorney General of Oklahoma is elected every four years, in midterm elections.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant hovernor, state auditor and inspector, ttorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    Limited to two full terms.

    Salary

    $132,825

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary attests to the governor's signature, files all official gubernatorial acts, and certifies all executive orders, appointments, and proclamations.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, State Treasurer or Superintendent of Public Instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

    Election

    The Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years to run concurrently with the term of the governor.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    limited to two full terms

    Salary

    $140,000

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer is the chief financial officer of the state and acts as the state banker. The treasurer's office is responsible for managing the state's money, investments, pay offs of bond interest and loans, and the state's unclaimed property program

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer or superintendent of public Instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.

    Election

    The Oklahoma Treasurer is elected every years, in mid-term elections

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person may serve as the Oklahoma Treasurer for more than eight years, excluding years served for less than a full term to fill a vacancy in the office

    Salary

    $114,713

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years.

    The State Auditor and Inspector
    Authority

    The mission of the Oklahoma state auditor is to "independently serve the citizens of Oklahoma by promoting accountability and fiscal integrity in state and local government.

    Qualifications

    The state auditor and inspector must have had at least three years' experience as an expert accountant; his duties shall be, without notice to such treasurer, to examine the state and all county treasurers' books, accounts and cash on hand or in bank at least twice each year, and publish his report as to every such treasurer once each year.

    Election

    The state auditor is elected every years, in mid-term elections.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of labor and superintendent of public Instruction shall be four (4) years from the second Monday of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person may serve as the state auditor for more than eight years, excluding years served for less than a full term to fill a vacancy in the office.

    Salary

    $114,713

    Qualification age

    Of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years.

    Oklahoma State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, referring proposed legislation to committee, and signing bills, resolutions, and papers.

    Qualifications

    They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office.

    Election

    That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators are subject to term limits of no more than twelve years in the Oklahoma State Legislature.

    Term of Office

    In Oklahoma, representatives serve two-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Any member of the Legislature who is elected to office after the effective date of this amendment shall be eligible to serve no more than 12 years in the Oklahoma State Legislature.

    Salary

    $38,400/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    mMmbers of the House of Representatives twenty-one yearsof age at the time of their election.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate, but has rarely presided over the senate session since the 1960s. The President Pro Tempore is chosen by the members of the Senate and acts as chief executive officer of the Senate.

    Qualifications

    They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office.

    Election

    Members of both houses are elected from single member districts of equal population.

    Term of Office

    The senators serve four-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators senators are subject to term limits of no more than twelve years in the Oklahoma State Legislature.

    Salary

    $38,400/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    Members of the Senate shall be at least twenty-five years of age.

    Oklahoma State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court shall be co-extensive with the State and shall extend to all cases at law and in equity; except that the Court of Criminal Appeals shall have exclusive appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases," according to the Oklahoma Constitution.

    Qualifications

    Each Justice, at the time of his election or appointment, shall have attained the age of thirty years, shall have been a qualified elector in the district for at least one year immediately prior to the date of filing or appointment, and shall have been a licensed practicing attorney or judge of a court of record, or both, in Oklahoma for five years preceding his election or appointment and shall continue to be a duly licensed attorney while in office to be eligible to hold the office. The Justices shall choose from among their members a Chief Justice and a Vice Chief Justice.

    Election

    The judge must submit their name to the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission. In the event of a vacancy, the JNC submits three names to the governor, who then appoints one to the court. The justice then serves until the next general election.

    Term of Office

    who serve six-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $147k (Supreme); $142k (Criminal Appeals Presiding)

    Associates salary

    $138,000

    Qualification age

    must be at least 30 years old

    The District Court
    Authority

    District Court appeals of civil matters go to the Oklahoma Supreme Court and appeals of criminal matters go to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals

    Qualifications

    Each Justice, at the time of his election or appointment, shall have attained the age of thirty years, shall have been a qualified elector in the district for at least one year immediately prior to the date of filing or appointment, and shall have been a licensed practicing attorney or judge of a court of record, or both, in Oklahoma for five years preceding his election or appointment and shall continue to be a duly licensed attorney while in office to be eligible to hold the office. The Justices shall choose from among their members a Chief Justice and a Vice Chief Justice.

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Court of Civil Appeals
    Authority

    The Court of Civil Appeals is responsible for the majority of appellate decisions. These opinions may be released for publication either by the Court of Civil Appeals or by the Supreme Court. When the opinions are released for publication by the Supreme Court, they have precedential value.

    Qualifications

    a qualified elector for at least one year; licensed to practice or a judge of a court of record for at least four years

    Election

    Members of the Court of Civil Appeals are appointed by the governor of Oklahoma from a list of three names submitted by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.

    Term of Office

    Regular terms last six years, after which judges must be retained to continue serving

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $130,000

    Qualification age

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