Article III, Oklahoma Constitution

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Oklahoma Constitution
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Article III of the Oklahoma Constitution is entitled Suffrage and consists of five sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Qualifications of Electors

Subject to such exceptions as the Legislature may prescribe, all citizens of the United States, over the age of eighteen (18) years, who are bona fide residents of this state, are qualified electors of this state.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

State Election Board - Creation - Membership

The Legislature shall create a State Election Board to be charged with the supervision of such elections as the Legislature shall direct. Not more than a majority of the members of said Board shall be selected from the same political party.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Mandatory Primary System - Nomination of Candidates

The Legislature may enact laws providing for a mandatory primary system which shall provide for the nomination of all candidates in all elections for federal, state, county and municipal offices, for all political parties, except for the office of Presidential Elector, the candidates for which shall be nominated by the recognized political parties at their conventions. The Legislature also shall enact laws providing that citizens may, by petition, place on the ballot the names of independent, nonpartisan candidates for office, including the office of Presidential Elector.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Manner of Holding and Conducting Elections - Registration of Electors

The Legislature shall prescribe the time and manner of holding and conducting all elections, and enact such laws as may be necessary to detect and punish fraud in such elections. The Legislature may provide by law for the registration of electors throughout the state and, when it is so provided, no person shall vote at any election unless he shall have registered according to law.

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Free and Equal Elections - Interference by Civil or Military Power - Privilege from Arrest

All elections shall be free and equal. No power, civil or military, shall ever interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage, and electors shall, in all cases, except for treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on elections and while going to and from the same.

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