Welcome to the 2016 Oklahoma Voter Guide
THE GIFT OF DEMOCRACY
OKLAHOMA VOTER GUIDE is a nonpartisan effort by a coalition of Oklahoma entities from both the non-profit and for profit sectors. After many months of planning, we are proud to offer readers a high quality resource with analysis and education for the 2016 general election. This voter guide does not endorse or oppose any candidates for state or federal office, nor does it take any position on the state questions.
This question would declare that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment, and would allow the Legislature to designate any method of execution if a current method is declared unconstitutional.
This question would prevent lawmakers from passing legislation to regulate broad farming and ranching practices unless there is a compelling state interest.
Education Funding Tax
Voters will choose whether to implement a one percent sales tax to fund teacher pay raises and other educational causes.
This question would reclassify some criminal offenses, like drug possession and property crimes, to misdemeanors instead of felonies.
This question relates to State Question 780. If State Question 780 is implemented, this question would allow counties to use money that was saved from not sending those offenders to prison in order to fund community rehabilitation programs.
Religion & The State
Voters will decide whether or not to remove a part of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the use of state resources for religious purposes.
The question would allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery stores and convenience stores.