Oklahoma state legislative special elections, 2011

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2011 State Legislative
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In 2011, two special elections were held for the Oklahoma State Legislature. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Oklahoma State Senate, Districts 43 and 47.

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 May 2015
     Democratic Party 8
     Republican Party 40
Total 48

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 28
     Republican Party 71
     Vacancy 2
Total 101

Special elections

January 11, 2011

June 28, 2011

See also