Oklahoma senator proposes nine measures to boost voter turnout
by Rick Green
After an election cycle with some of the lowest voter turnouts in state history, state Sen. David Holt decided something needed to be done to turn things around.
About 40 percent of registered voters participated on Nov. 4 when Gov. Mary Fallin won re-election over Democratic challenger Joe Dorman.
But Holt, R-Oklahoma City, notes that the true participation rate is about 30 percent, considering how many eligible citizens are not registered to vote.
“When you’ve gotten to that point when seven out of 10 are not participating, I think you have a crisis on your hands,” he said.
Holt has authored a package of nine measures for the Oklahoma Legislature to consider that he says will help remedy the situation.