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As Oklahoma filing period begins, many changes in Legislature are assured

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 11, 2012

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.

Among the offices on November's ballot are all five U.S. House seats, half of the state Senate seats and every state House seat. Oklahoma is assured of having a new congressman from District 2 because U.S. Rep. Dan Boren of Muskogee, the lone Democrat in the delegation, isn't running again. One of those seeking Boren's seat is state Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, who has plenty of company in the ranks of lawmakers who won't be back at NE 23 and Lincoln next year.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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