Measure to reschedule school board elections moves ahead

A bill set to adjust the timeframe of school board elections for districts across Oklahoma has passed through a House committee, as Republicans emphasized a potential for higher voter turnout and Democrats voiced opposition to partisan politics.

Senate Bill 962 would move school board primary elections to September in odd-numbered years and August in even-numbered years. General elections would take place in November on the same ballot as elections for partisan offices.

Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, presented the bill Monday on behalf of House Speaker Charles McCall, the bill’s House author, and touted the legislation as an important avenue to boost participation in elections with local ramifications.

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