Supreme Court: State Question 805 signatures must be accepted

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of an appeal from the State Question 805 campaign, requiring the Secretary of State’s office to accept the group’s initiative petition signatures despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State Michael Rogers must accept the roughly 260,000 signatures in the next 10 days and begin the counting process so the state question can make it onto a 2020 ballot.

State Question 805 would prohibit the use of prior felony convictions to enhance sentences for nonviolent crimes.

“This is a victory for the 260,000 Oklahomans who supported Yes on 805 with their signature and expect to see it on a ballot in 2020,” said Sarah Edwards, President of the Yes on 805 group, in a press release. “We’re grateful the court has ruled in favor of honoring the democratic ballot initiative process and look forward to turning in our signatures as soon as possible.”

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