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Close elections bolster anti-fraud arguments

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 4, 2012

A Texas city council race was decided this year by a coin toss after two candidates tied. A Democratic primary in a Kansas state House race was decided the same way in August after a tie vote.

Oklahoma has seen its share of close races. In 2006, state Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, won his House seat by two votes, but only after four ineligible votes were thrown out. Last year, a special House election in Tulsa was tossed after irregularities made it impossible to determine the true winner; the apparent margin of victory was a single vote.

Those races show the importance of every legitimate vote. That voter fraud isn't widespread is reassuring. But that's no reason to end efforts to weed it out completely.

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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