The Daily Oklahoman
State Question 698 Needs to be Defeated
MOST Oklahomans who intend to vote in the general
election next Tuesday are aware of State Question 687, a reasonable
measure that would ban cockfighting in this state. Much less known
is another state question
It wouldn't be a stretch to label State Question 698
as the cockfighters' revenge. Last spring the Legislature, not in
one of its
So, in the strange world of Oklahoma politics, we
have two initiatives on an already crowded ballot related to cockfighting.
But the ballot
Our concern over 698 is simple. It would nearly double
the number of voters -- from 8 percent to 15 percent -- required to
sign an initiative
Proponents of SQ 698 contend that it would prevent
future restrictions on rodeo and even hunting in Oklahoma. We think
such concerns are overstated. As importantly, 698 is a direct affront
to democracy. A threshold of 8 percent of voters' signatures is a
high enough bar to
In the sometimes arcane way that state questions are
structured, SQ 687 requires a "yes" vote to take effect.
In short, a "yes" vote on SQ 687 means no to cockfighting.
In contrast, SQ 698 requires a "no" vote to defeat it. Without
hesitation, that's what we recommend: "yes" on State Question
687, and "no" on State Question 698.