Oklahomans will decide on English as official language

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August 25, 2010

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: Oklahoma voters will be voting in November on whether or not to make English as the official language in the state. The measure, State Question 751, was authored by Representative Randy Terrill. The measure, according to reports and polls, has stirred up much controversy in the state.[1]

In a poll conducted by SoonerPoll.com, between July 16-21, 85 percent of voters polled stated that they were for the measure. The poll surveyed likely registered voters in the state, which included 385 Democrats, 340 Republicans and 31 independents. The margin of error was reported to be 3.57 percentage points and was commissioned by the Tulsa World.[2]

On the other side of the argument, The Enid News published an editorial against the measure, stating on August 18, 2010, "It is really not needed and not that important of an issue in Oklahoma. It will yield minimal savings to the state in terms of less printing, signage or translators. And it will really do nothing to break down barriers that already impede cultural understanding and development...We encourage voters to reject this State Question 751 in November."[3]

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