Oklahoma considers separating state and federal elections if voting rights acts pass

A combination of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement and Freedom to Vote Acts was passed in the House of Representatives but held up in the Senate last January. President Biden has continued urging congress to pass the voting legislation which would mandate same-day voter registration, online voter registration, and restore voting rights for people convicted of felonies after leaving prison. However, a Republican Representative from Piedmont, Oklahoma is ready to oppose what she considers to be federal overreach into the states right to run their own elections. Representative Denise Crosswhite Rader has sponsored a bill to separate state and federal elections if Congress passes the new voting reforms. The main sticking point for Crosswhite Rader is the same-day voter registration requirement, which contradicts the Oklahoma registration deadline of 25 days prior to the election. If Representative Crosswhite Hader’s bill passes, and the federal government passes voting rights legislation, the Oklahoma state attorney general and election board secretary would determine if separating elections is warranted and send a written order to the Legislature for final approval.


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