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Political Scandals, Special Elections & Special Session

Sep 15, 2017

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Norman Democratic Representative Emily Virgin (sitting in for Ryan Kiesel) about the scandals involving Woodward Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt for allegations of sexual battery against an Uber driver and former Governor Fallin Aide Travis Brauer who is charged with evidence tampering in accusations of taking photos up a woman's skirt during a committee meeting.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Never miss an election again, thanks to a new service from the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Oklahoma voters can sign up for text or e-mail alerts for notifications of upcoming elections and reminders to renew their annual absentee ballot requests.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the system will help Oklahoma voters, making it easier to cast their vote on Election Day.

Oklahoma has notoriously low turnout for midterms and special elections, and the new service hopes to address that issue.

A federal court says outlawing "ballot selfies," photos of people displaying their marked ballots, violates free speech rights.

The ruling clears the way for New Hampshire voters to post their ballot selfies during the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries early next year.

New Hampshire's ban went into effect September 2014 and made it illegal for anyone to post a photo of a marked ballot and share it on social media. The violation was punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

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Ryan LaCroix of KOSU, with data from ncsl.org

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate plans to introduce a bill to help increase voter participation in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to register to vote online.

State Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton held an interim study on the issue Thursday before the Senate Rules Committee and said afterward he planned to sponsor a bill in the upcoming session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, voters in 27 states have the ability for full or limited online registration, but not in Oklahoma.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about constitutional challenges to a horizontal drilling tax increase and a capitol repair bond as well as executions in the state of Oklahoma and the general election is just six weeks away.