Six state questions on Nov. 6 ballot

Today is the last day voters can register before the Nov. 6 presidential election. There are also six proposed amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution on the ballot including two tax issues and a prohibition of affirmative action policies.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Staff Writer mrolland@opubco.com Modified: October 12, 2012 at 11:26 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

This is the last day Oklahomans can register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Registration applications are available on www.elections.ok.gov, and must be postmarked to the State Election Board by Friday or dropped off in the Election Board Office in the basement of the state Capitol.

In addition to the presidential race, there are five congressional seats up for grabs and a number of legislative races and judicial retention questions.

There are also six proposed amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution. Voters will decide two tax issues, whether to change the governance of DHS and whether the state can use affirmative action in state hiring and contracting.

Voters will consider these six amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution in the Nov. 6 General Election.

1. State Question 758 would lower the cap on property value increases for owner occupied homes and agricultural land. The current cap is at 5 percent and would be reduced to 3 percent. It would reduce the amount property taxes — ad valorem taxes — could increase in a single year.

A “Yes” vote — lowers the cap on taxable property values to 3 percent.

A “No” vote — keeps the cap on taxable property values at 5 percent.

2. State Question 759 would not allow affirmative action programs in state hiring, contracting and education programs. Affirmative action is state policies in place aimed at increasing diversity in state hiring, contracting and education giving weight or preference to underrepresented groups such as women and minorities.

A ”Yes” vote — ends affirmative action programs.

A “No” vote — maintains affirmative action programs.

3. State Question 762 would remove the governor from the parole process for some nonviolent offenders. The Pardon and Parole Board would then be solely responsible for granting parole to nonviolent offenders, but the governor would still have final say in parole of other criminals.

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