The Norman Transcript

Local news

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
Local news
  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Nonprofit raises $3.9M-plus for new center

    The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, announced Thursday that it exceeded its public fundraising goal of $3.5 million and raised more than $3.9 million to complete the purchase and renovation of a ...

    July 25, 2014

  • First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 5:58 a.m. indecent exposure, 100 block of West Comanche Street · 6:08 a.m. burglary in progress, 100 block of West Hayes Street · 8:09 a.m. larceny report, 100 ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Angela Beth Mendinghall, 36, unauthorized use of a vehicle; driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license · Daniel ...

    July 25, 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

  • Healthplex, EMSStat recognized

    Norman Regional Health System’s Healthplex and EMSStat teams were recognized Thursday by the American Heart Association, receiving a Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. Living in a state where one in four deaths are due to heart ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Crime news

    Norman man charged for possession of child porn A Norman man was charged with possession of juvenile pornography after law enforcement tracked an IP address that child porn had been downloaded from....

    July 25, 2014

  • Shop couple charged again

    A Norman couple whose felony charges were dropped last year for intent to distribute synthetic marijuana out of their aromatherapy shop were charged again Thursday in Cleveland County District Court. Dennis Kirby England, 42, and Christie ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Norman native reflects on winning Emmy Award

    Norman native Kevin Hurley won an Emmy Award last month for his work as a producer on Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show. Hurley has come a long way from home, but still remembers his Norman roots. NTown caught up with him to pick his brain ...

    July 25, 2014