Have you ever wondered who determines candidate name order on Oklahoma ballots? The short answer is: Oklahoma State Statute and the Oklahoma Administrative Code.
Prior to 1981, the Democrat candidate was listed first on the ballot. That process was changed with an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision in the Clegg v. Oklahoma Election Board case.
My office spoke with the Oklahoma State Election Board on Friday, August 5 regarding the order of candidate names on Oklahoma ballots. We were helpfully informed that a detailed procedure is laid out very specifically in Oklahoma Statute and the Oklahoma Administrative Code.
OAC 230:25-13-1.2 requires that the State Election Board hold a public drawing every two years to determine the order of political parties on the General Election Ballot. The statute includes specific detailed instructions regarding public notice, official attendance, method and order of drawing, etc. For 2016 and 2017, the party order is as follows:
OAC 230 25-13-5 deals with the placement of Independent candidate names on the General Election ballot. That statute says that Independent candidates shall be listed after all recognized political party candidates.
The Oklahoma State Election Board reports, “At 3:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the State Election Board held a public drawing in room B-6 of the State Capitol Building. The drawing was held to determine the order of political parties on the 2016 General Election ballot. A drawing was also held to determine the order of Independent candidates in races where multiple Independent candidates had filed for the same office. This is in accordance with O.S. 26 §6-106.”
I hope this information is helpful.
Until next time,
Senator Mark Allen