Supporters of Drive Far Exceed Their Goals
Officials have completed their review of 313,677 signatures turned in to put the question of Medicaid expansion to a statewide vote next year. The Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office counted 299,731 signatures, leaving the Medicaid expansion campaign more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Supporters of Medicaid expansion had to turn in nearly 178,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The Yes on 802 campaign turned in a record number of signatures. The secretary of State’s Office struck some signature petitions because they either lacked necessary circulator information or were not notarized. Representatives from the office finished counting the signatures on Nov. 15, according to documents submitted to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The update from the secretary of state’s office means State Question 802, which would ask voters to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Oklahomans, is one step closer to making it on the ballot sometime in 2020. Now, it’s up to the state’s high court to issue an order stating whether the number of certified signatures is sufficient to put the Medicaid expansion question on the ballot. If so, it will trigger a brief window in which opponents of the state question can challenge the validity of the signature petitions. Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office also has submitted a proposed rewrite of the ballot title, or an explanation of the state question that voters would see at the polls. A ballot title can be no more than 200 words, must use basic language and cannot contain any argument for or against the measure.