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Oklahomans for Initiative Rights

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Oklahomans for Initiative Rights (OIR) is an organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the ballot initiative & referendum process in Oklahoma. According to the groups website "Oklahomans for Initiative Rights works with citizen activists, elected officials and opinion leaders to ensure that Oklahoma's citizens have an initiative and referendum process that remains an accessible and effective tool for controlling state government."[1]

Free Paul Jacob

OIR was critical of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson's prosecution of Paul Jacob and the Oklahoma 3 for alleged violations of the state's petitioning laws. Those charges were dropped in January of 2009.

Let Oklahoma Vote

In April of 2009 OIR began its "Let Oklahoma Vote" statewide tour to build grassroots support for reforming Oklahoma's initiative process. The tour supports OK House Bill 2246, which would expand the circulation period to collect petition signatures from 90 days to one year, and move challenges to the ballot title to before the signatures are collected. Only three initiatives have qualified for the Oklahoma ballot in the last ten years.[2][3]

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