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October 15, 2013

Legislator criticizes AG’s ballot rewrite

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Dorman said he is uncertain how a legal challenge to Pruitt’s ballot language might affect the tens of thousands of signatures that already have been collected.

“That is something the court will definitely need to rule on, to give us a clear understanding of when the deadline will occur and the status of the current signatures we’ve already gathered,” Dorman said. “If they invalidate the current signatures, that will definitely hurt the petition drive.”

A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office said the office couldn’t determine the start date of the 90-day signature gathering process without knowing if a legal challenge would ensue.

“There’s always the possibility that someone could file a challenge,” said Kathy Smith, administrative assistant for the Secretary of State’s Office. “We can’t tell them they can’t (collect signatures), and we can’t tell them they can. They’re going to have to make that decision themselves, with the understanding that there could be a legal challenge.”

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Online:

Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office, State Question 767: http://bit.ly/GVcCmZ 

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Sean Murphy can be reached at www.twitter.com/apseanmurphy

 

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