Oklahoma panel OKs absentee voting bill

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: February 12, 2009 at 12:32 am •  Published: February 12, 2009
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/> Key’s resolution states the federal government should "cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”

Unanimous vote
About 20 people watching in an adjoining room stood and applauded when committee members voted 12-0 to pass the measure.

The committee also passed a resolution that would let voters decide in November whether to change how statewide vacancies are filled.

Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, said his measure covers all statewide offices except those on the Corporation Commission; they are defined in a separate section of the state Constitution.

Under Reynolds’ proposal, if any major office is vacated before the end of the officeholder’s term, the position would remain unfilled until the next general election. General elections are held in even-numbered years. The governor now is allowed to appoint a successor.

All measures now advance to the House.