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Oklahoma Governor sets special election date for vacant Legislative seats

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November 21, 2011


TULSA, Oklahoma: There are three open legislative seats for the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives and elections to fill the seats are set for February 14 and April 3. The February date would be the primary election date for the seats, but if a primary is not needed then the February date will be the general election and no April vote would be held. The open positions include the Senate seat of Andrew Rice who is moving out of state, Representative Dan Sullivan's seat who was hired for another job and the Senate seat of David Myers's who died last week. Filing for these positions will be from December 5-7 though questions had arisen due to pending redistricting maps for the districts. The new districts were put into effect on November 1 and all three positions were vacated after that date. The state Election Board sought verification from the attorney general's office to ensure that those wanting to file know which districts they are now in under the new system. The head of the Election Board noted that this was a rare occurrence for seats to be vacated and pending legislation to be implemented near the same time.[1] The Attorney General's office did state that the new districts are in effect for these vacated seats. Residents in Ponca City, seeking to fill David Myers's vacated position, were reminded that his district is no longer in the same area so some wanting to file for the position were unable due to the change in the boundaries.[2]

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