Oklahoma 2010 general election: Early voting begins; my picks

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Early voting for the Oklahoma 2010 general election began today, Friday, October 29, 2010, at your county election board headquarters. The Tulsa County Election Board is at 555 N. Denver Ave., just north of downtown Tulsa.

Here are the dates and times for early voting this year:

Friday, October 29, 20108 am - 6 pm
Saturday, October 30, 20108 am - 1 pm
Monday, November 1, 20108 am - 6 pm

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.

For those of you who have asked, here is how I plan to mark my ballot. Follow the links to read an endorsement piece (mainly mine, some from other bloggers) about the candidate mentioned.

GovernorMary Fallin
Lt. GovernorTodd Lamb
State Auditor and InspectorGary Jones
Attorney GeneralScott Pruitt
State TreasurerKen Miller
Superintendent of Public InstructionJanet Barresi
Commissioner of LaborMark Costello
Insurance CommissionerJohn Doak
U. S. SenatorTom Coburn
U. S. Representative, District No. 1John Sullivan
State Representative, District 78Molly McKay
County AssessorKen Yazel
District Judge, District No. 14 - Office No. 9John Eagleton
District Judge, District No. 14 - Office No. 13Bill Musseman
District Judge, District No. 14 - Office No. 14Jon Patton

As I said in my earlier "cheat-sheet" entry, in all the races I've studied, the Republican candidate is well-qualified and the best choice. I haven't tried to list all of them, just those that I'll get to vote on.

Judicial retention: My default position is no on all of them, unless someone can make the case for voting yes. Jamison Faught has offered some reasons for voting to retain Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice James R. Winchester. (MORE: Steve Fair concurs.)

The Oklahoma Supreme Court justices and Court of Civil Appeals judges on the ballot answered a brief questionnaire for the League of Women Voters.

The State Questions and City of Tulsa propositions: No on the 4s (744, 754), yes on everything else.

SQ 744school funding tied to other statesNo
SQ 746voter IDYes
SQ 747term limits for all statewide officialsYes
SQ 748composition of apportionment commissionYes
SQ 750consistent signature requirements for initiative petitionsYes
SQ 751official state actions in EnglishYes
SQ 752composition of judicial nominating commissionYes
SQ 754ban on predetermined formulas for spendingNo
SQ 755courts can't consider sharia, international law in decisionsYes
SQ 756ban on Obamacare coercionYes
SQ 757rainy day fund increaseYes
Tulsa Prop 1establishing a rainy day fundYes
Tulsa Prop 2establishing a legal date for city primary in even yearsYes

Endorsements and voter guides elsewhere:

Oklahomans for Life voter guide: Candidate responses to questions about abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research.

Jamison Faught (aka the Muskogee Politico) has published a list of his endorsements, with some detail about his rationale in each case.

Mike McCarville has news from Oklahoma campaigns, campaign commercials, and press releases. Great way to get caught up on the "story so far" in this election year.

Steve Fair, a Republican grassroots leader from southwestern Oklahoma, has some great commentary on state questions, judges, Gary Jones for State Auditor (and opponent Steve Burrage's connections with the corrupt Stipe-Phipps-McMahan machine), and Democrat desperation and mudslinging.

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As always, I am printing out copies for my family and friends, posting it on my office door at work, and encouraging them to do so as well. Your "Picks" are an invaluable resource. Hoping my donation underscores my appreciation. Thanks, Mike!

It certainly does, Mark! Thanks, and thanks for your kind words!

Hi Michael,

I wish I had seen this before I voted yesterday. Maybe you can offer a print out in future.

Are you pleased 744 got pounded? I know a lot of teachers who aren't.

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