Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2011
Sen. David Holt
Legislation moving 2012 presidential primary
heads to Governor
The full Senate has given approval to House Bill 1614, a measure
to move Oklahoma’s presidential primary from February to March.
Republicans David Holt and Gary Banz are the Senate and House authors,
respectively. Holt said new national rules adopted by Republicans
and Democrats are forcing states like Oklahoma to move their primaries
to March if they want to participate in the national conventions.
“A decade ago, Oklahoma did the right thing moving its primary
to February,” said Sen. Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “However,
both parties have passed new rules cutting Oklahoma’s delegates
if we hold our 2012 primary earlier than March 5th. That is the
date we are sending to the Governor, and I believe it is the date
that ensures that Oklahoma’s primary is as relevant as possible.”
Under the new national rules, only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina
and Nevada can have February, 2012 presidential primaries. Oklahoma’s
primary will be the first Tuesday in March, the earliest date allowed
under the new rules.
“By making this simple change, Oklahoma will be in compliance
with the rules of both political parties, ensuring maximum participation
in the Republican and Democratic national conventions,” said
Rep. Banz, R-Midwest City. “Passage of HB 1614 guarantees
Oklahomans will continue to have a vital role in the national political
HB 1614 now heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636