Oklahoma state legislative special elections, 2012

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Four special elections for the Oklahoma State Legislature took place in 2012. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Districts 1 and 71, and Oklahoma State Senate, Districts 20 and 46.

How vacancies are filled

If there is a vacancy in the Oklahoma State Legislature, the governor must call a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs. No special election can be called if the vacancy occurs in an even-numbered year and if the term of office will expire in that year. This second provision allows special elections to be held for outgoing Senators with two or more years left in their terms.[1]

If a Senator announces his or her resignation before March 1st, but the effective date lies between the general election and the new session, a special election can be held on the general election dates. The winner of this election will take office upon the Senator's official resignation. This only applies to Senators with two or more years remaining in their terms.[2]

Oklahoma's special election process was modified in 2012 by Senate Bill 91. The bill was intended to avert a special election for Al McAffrey's vacated seat. McAffrey resigned in February of an election year. The text above reflects the modification approved in SB 91.[3]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 36
Total 48

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 29
     Republican Party 72
Total 101

Special elections

February 14, 2012





April 3, 2012





See also

References

  1. Oklahoma Legislature, "Oklahoma Statutes," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 26-12-106(A), Oklahoma Statutes)
  2. Oklahoma Legislature, "Oklahoma Statutes," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 26-12-106(B), Oklahoma Statutes)
  3. NewsOK, "Open Oklahoma City seat in state House will not be filled by special election," March 20, 2012
  4. www.ocolly.com Oklahomans mourn death of state legislator, July 5, 2011
  5. Journal Record, "Special election to choose successor to Farley set for Feb. 14 of next year," July 26th, 2011
  6. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Primary Election for State Representative, District 1," November 8, 2011
  7. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Election Results for February 14, 2012," accessed May 27, 2014
  8. NewsOK.com, "Oklahoma state Sen. Andrew Rice announces resignation from Senate, October 18, 2011
  9. NewsOK.com, "Redistricting raises question in special elections for Oklahoma legislative seats," November 15, 2011
  10. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Election for State Senator, District 46," February 14, 2012
  11. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Election Results for February 14, 2012," accessed May 27, 2014
  12. NewsOK.com, "Redistricting raises question in special elections for Oklahoma legislative seats," November 15, 2011
  13. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Election for State Representative, District 71," February 14, 2012
  14. News OK, "Oklahoma Supreme Court tosses out special House District 71 election results," May 1, 2012
  15. KRMG, "Oklahoma Supreme Court will review recount results in House race," April 17, 2012
  16. Tulsa World, "Candidate in HD71 race seeks court help," April 14, 2012
  17. Tulsa World, "Provisional ballots don't change outcome of HD 71 race, recount scheduled," April 6, 2012
  18. 23rd and Lincoln, "Special election to choose Myers successor set for April 3," November 18th, 2011
  19. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Special Election for State Senator, District 20," February 14, 2012
  20. KSWO, "Griffin wins GOP primary for Okla. Senate seat," February 14, 2012
  21. NewsOK, "Republican wins special Oklahoma Senate seat," April 4, 2012