Judge throws out initiative petition in Oklahoma

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September 1, 2009

TULSA, Oklahoma: An Oklahoma judge ruled on August 24, 2009 that a petition hoping to implement nonpartisan city elections was invalid because not enough signatures were collected. Judge Jefferson Sellers stated that the Tulsa City Clerk’s Office used a wrong election to set the number of required signatures.

City Councilor John Eagleton stated that the petition was miscalculated because election officials used general election requirements where all qualified voters in Tulsa had a chance to cast ballots. According to Eagleton: "I took an oath to defend the city charter, which I thought was being assailed by an unlawfully approved ballot proposition." Tulsans for Better Government, the group who turned in the petition, gathered 6,994 signatures, a lot more than the 3,427 signatures that were previously needed before the ruling.[1]

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