You Decide 2018: Voters make choices on Oklahoma State Questions

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OKLAHOMA — Another election season means voters will have more decisions to make outside of the candidates for office.

Five State Questions qualified for the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.

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State Questions are initiatives, referendums, and legislative referendums that are filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.

State Question 793

11 p.m. Results:

  • Yes - 49.76%
  • No - 50.24%

State Question 793 would allow optometrists and opticians to practice within corporate retail stores. No law would be allowed to discriminate against those eye doctors based on where they work or require outside entrances to optometric officers within the retailers.

State Question 794

11 p.m. Results:

  • Yes - 78.01%
  • No - 21.99%

State Question 794 would change the rights of those affected by crimes in Oklahoma.

The rights of crime victims would align closely with those of the defendants in those crimes. This includes a handful of rights granted to victims throughout court proceedings.

"Victims would no longer have a constitutional right to know the defendant's location following arrest, during prosecution, and while sentenced to confinement or probation, but would have the right to be notified of the defendant's release or escape from custody." - Ballot Title For State Question No. 794/Oklahoma Secretary of State

State Question 798

11 p.m. Results:

  • Yes - 45.91%
  • No - 54.09%

State Question 798 would have changed the way the state's governor and lieutenant governor are elected. The governor and lieutenant governor from each party would run on a joint ticket and voters will cast one vote for the two offices.

State Question 800

11 p.m. Results:

  • Yes - 42.78%
  • No - 57.22%

State Question 800 would have created "The Oklahoma Vision Fund" in the state constitution.

The fund would begin collecting five percent of gross production taxes on oil and gas on July 1, 2020. The percentage would increase by two-tenths each fiscal year. Other approved money can be deposited into the fund as well.

The fund would be used for payment of debt obligations by the state, state government entities or local government entities.

State Question 801

11 p.m. Results:

  • Yes - 49.59%
  • No - 50.41%

State Question 801 would have allowed local school districts to use property tax revenue, now used primarily for building funds, for operational costs such as teacher pay.

State Question 801 would not raise taxes, but rather give schools the flexibility to use existing property tax funds in the classroom, according to the governor's office.

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