The Norman Transcript

Education

November 15, 2012

OU Congress wants write-in option

NORMAN — The presidential election may be behind the nation and Oklahoma for the next four years, but some citizens are already attempting to instigate change for 2016’s voters.

The University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Student Congress recently passed a resolution, authored by representatives Kristin Pascoe and Devin Smith, urging Oklahoma lawmakers to add a write-in option for third party voters to the Oklahoma election ballot.

“A lot of modern college students identify with fiscally conservative and socially liberal politics, and, approaching the (2012) election, I found there were a lot of students who preferred a third-party candidate but were unable to physically vote in states which provided that option, like Texas,” Pascoe said. “Publicity and awareness is all we could ask at this point.”

Copies of the resolution have been sent to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Election Commission, Representative Emily Virgin and Sen. John Sparks, with no response yet.

“The resolution was mailed recently, and we haven’t gotten much response to it except a few people generally in favor or expressing appreciation,” Smith said.

Though the ultimate goal of the resolution is to see the state government alter election ballots for the accommodation of third-party voters, Pascoe and Smith’s expectations for the next few years are both positive and realistic.

“This state will go red every time, but at least I can represent the wishes of OU students and try to provide them a write-in option consistent with their political affiliation,” Pascoe said.

Smith agrees.

“I wrote the resolution because I feel the two-party system has become too much of party vs. party and not candidate vs. candidate,” Smith said. “There is too much emphasis on which party will produce the best candidate, and I’d like to see a system which allows third-party candidates with great ideas the opportunity to at least be heard.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Education
  • honor_roll.jpg Local students make the grade

    Norman Public Schools has released the most recent honor rolls. Click a school to see if you know a student who made the grade.

    View honor rolls for Norman High School | Norman North High School
    Alcott Middle School | Irving Middle School | Longfellow Middle School | Whittier Middle School

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Grad to serve as delegate at camp

    William Long, 2014 Norman North High School graduate, recently represented Oklahoma as a delegate at the 2014 National Youth Science Camp. Long joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other ...

    July 25, 2014

  • More than 700 to receive clothing, school supplies

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Citizens Caring for Children will host a two-day Back-to-School shopping event for school-aged children in foster care living in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie counties....

    July 24, 2014

  • Program to fund classroom projects

    U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects across the nation, including Oklahoma, through its “Calling All Teachers” program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 toward educational materials for ...

    July 23, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Noble teacher is state finalist

    Local teacher Roger Clement has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Clement teaches physical science, biology, chemistry and chemistry II at Noble ...

    July 17, 2014

  • MNTC board to consider purchases

    The Moore Norman Technology Center Board of Education will conduct a regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. today on the Norman campus, 4701 12th Ave. NW, conference room A-200....

    July 17, 2014

  • Principals named for Norman North, Madison Elementary

    The Norman Board of Education announced tonight that it is hiring Dr. Peter Liesenfeld as principal of Norman North High School and Annette Williams as principal of Madison Elementary....

    July 16, 2014

  • Three more local students named National Merit Scholarship winners

    On Monday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Three area students were named National Merit Scholarship ...

    July 15, 2014