Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011
Sen. Rick Brinkley
Brinkley wins approval for candidate ID bill
Under legislation approved by the state Senate on Monday, candidates
for public office would be required to provide proof of identity
and eligibility to hold office.
Referencing strong support for State Question 746, a voter ID
ballot measure approved last year, Sen. Rick Brinkley said it was
sensible that candidates meet the same minimal requirement.
“In November, 74 percent of Oklahoma voters were in agreement
that they should have to show an ID and prove who they were and
that they were eligible to vote,” said Brinkley, R-Owasso.
“I believe the voters would agree that those on the ballot
should have to do the same thing.”
Senate Bill 91, authored by Brinkley, would require candidates
to submit valid photo identification and proof that they meet all
requirements and qualifications for the office they seek. The bill
requires the State Election Board to promulgate a set of rules that
would allow candidates to prove at the time of filing that they
Brinkley noted that under current law, the election board must
accept at face value that candidates meet the qualifications for
the office they seek.
“This is a common sense reform to preserve the integrity
of the process,” said Brinkley, R-Owasso. “This doesn’t
make it any more difficult to file for office, but it certainly
makes it more difficult to get around the rules.”
Senate Bill 91 now advances to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brinkley: (405) 521-5566