Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2010
Sen. John Ford
Sen. Ford Calls Passage of Voter I.D. Law
a Victory for Oklahomans
John Ford said he was extremely gratified by Tuesday’s
passage of State Question 746. Ford was author of the legislative
referendum which will protect the integrity of Oklahoma's voting
system by requiring voters to show identification before casting
their ballots at the polls. According to unofficial returns, about
75 percent of voters approved the measure.
"This is simply about ensuring clean and fair elections for
all the citizens of our state," said Ford, who represents Craig,
Nowata and Washington counties in the State Senate. "I believe
this pro-active law will strengthen our electoral process and increase
public confidence in our government."
In future elections, voters will be asked to show proof of identity
which can be any document issued by state, federal or tribal government
that includes a name and photograph. If the voter does not have
an official ID card, such as a driver license, they can simply show
their county issued Voter ID card.
"Two years ago, states with the most stringent voter identification
requirements had larger turnouts than neighboring states with similar
demographics that didn't have these protections," Ford said.
"I want to thank Oklahoma voters for their vote to enhance
the integrity of our electoral process."
For more information, contact:
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634