The Norman Transcript

April 9, 2014

Voters need speak up

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — As candidates gear up to get their names on the ballot this year, it also may be time for voters to take some initiative, too.

The Pew Charitable Trusts this week said Oklahoma ranked No. 49 for voter turnout and No. 46 for voter registration. Of the state’s eligible voters, only 77 percent turned out in 2012 ,compared to 81 percent in 2008.

State officials say the low turnout in 2012 — a presidential year — may be attributed to the lack of campaign spending here. While campaigns were spirited in other states, Oklahoma remained a flyover zone for candidates.

This year’s ballot could draw more voter interest. Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking re-election and will draw a few challengers, but the open U.S. Senate seat and the number of challengers to the state secretary of education will make for an interesting time.

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