Oklahoma mulling state ballot question limit

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March 3, 2010

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: "Should there be a limit to how many state questions appear on the ballot?" That is the question House Speaker Chris Benge brought up last week, stating there is reason to thoroughly discuss the issue. Currently, there are eight legislatively referred questions and one citizen initiative on the state general election ballot. That number could grow as the Oklahoma Legislature is considering other possible ballot measures.[1]

The Tulsa World, an Oklahoma newspaper, published an editorial on March 3, 2010, discussing the issue, and agreeing to an extent with Benges claims. According to the editorial, "Now, placing state questions on the ballot — either through the Legislature or through an initiative petition drive—is an all-American, time-honored process that no one would favor abolishing. Some issues—constitutional ones, for example—can only be decided through this process. But it's possible to have too much of a good thing, and Benge is on to something."[1]

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