Wednesday marks the start of Oklahoma's three-day filing period for federal, state and legislative offices. What is always a busy time at the Capitol will be even more hectic this year.
The filing period used to be in mid-June, when the Capitol was quiet because the Legislature wasn't in session. But the dates were pushed up to comply with a federal law that ensures military members stationed overseas and registered voters who live abroad can vote and return their ballots in time to be counted. The new calendar places our filing period in the middle of the legislative session.