Oklahoma has had its share of "sexy” ballot initiatives this decade, but 2008 will be an exception. While voters elsewhere are weighing in on gay marriage, abortion restrictions, English-only measures and legalizing assisted suicide, the November Oklahoma ballot will be blander than dry toast.
Owing to the difficulty of getting an initiative petition through the hoops, the only state questions in Oklahoma this year were referred to the people by the Legislature. Since 2000, voters have banned cockfighting, outlawed gay marriage, raised the tobacco tax, created a state lottery, extended casino gaming options and allowed the sale of liquor on Election Day.
This year? Voters can approve an exemption from property taxes for disabled veterans and decide whether the right to hunt and fish deserves constitutional protection. The only ballot measure with any juice would allow state winemakers to sell directly to package stores and restaurants rather than go through a wholesaler.
A roundup of referenda by stateline.org shows that other states will offer more than the Barack Obama-John McCain contest to woo voters.