High Turnout Creates New Obstacle for Marijuana Legalization

Recreational marijuana supporters haven’t given up a desire to get the issue on the ballot, despite having a steeper hill to climb following the Nov. 6 election.

Increased voter turnout resulted in a larger number of signatures required for a citizen-led effort to change a law or amend the constitution.

Voters cast 824,831 votes for governor in 2014, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.

The figure rose to 1,186,385 in the most recent gubernatorial election Nov. 6, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board.

The signature requirements for ballot initiatives are based on a percentage of the number of votes cast in a gubernatorial election.

“After every election, we have to recalculate those,” said Bryan Dean, as spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board. “It used to be some were based on the gubernatorial election and some were based on the presidential election.

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