Voter Engagement

Electing pro-public education candidates is critical to sustaining a strong public education system. This page is dedicated to resources to keep education proponents informed and emphasize the power of #oklaedvotes!

Key Dates

June 26: Primary Election

Aug. 28: Primary Run-Off Election

Nov. 6: General Election

Frequently Asked Questions

What seats are open? 

Click here to see the live listing of candidate filings from the state Election Board.

5 Congressional seats

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

State Treasurer

Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Auditor and Inspector

Commissioner of Labor

State Insurance Commissioner

One Corporation Commissioner

State Senate (even-numbered districts)

*4 Senators did not draw an opponent during filing and are automatically re-elected.

Senate District 26, Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher

Senate District 34, Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Sperry

Senate District 44, Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City

Senate District 46, Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City

State Representative (all districts)

*15 Representatives did not draw an opponent during filing and are automatically re-elected.

House District 1, Rep. Johnny Tadlock, D-Idabel

House District 4, Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah

House District 44, Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman

House District 50, Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan

House District 51, Rep. Brad Boles, R-Marlow

House District 52, Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus

House District 58, Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee

House District 59, Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher

House District 73, Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa

House District 87, Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City

House District 88, Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City

House District 89, Rep. Shane Stone, D-Oklahoma City

House District 92, Rep. Forrest Bennett, D-Oklahoma City

House District 93, Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City

House District 97, Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City

Is the November election the most important?

Not always. Many Oklahoma races are decided on primary election day if only candidates from one party filed. Primary and primary run-off elections have significantly lower turnout than general elections.

In 2016 elections:

*Voters decided 106 legislative seats.

*73 votes had primary/primary run-off elections

*33 had November only elections

*About half of the primary/primary run-off elections determined the winner of the seat outright, or had a more competitive race than the general election.

 

Can school districts encourage voter engagement?

YES! Check out our Election and Advocacy Guidance for more details but here are a few things districts can do.

*Commit to increasing voter turnout among district employees.

*Incorporate legislative and election information as part of staff discussions/meetings.

*Provide voter registration cards to new employees and employees that report a change of address.

*Use district communication avenues to remind employees about early voting dates and Election Day. Remind education employees that important decisions about schools are impacted by votes on Election Day.

*Send voting and election day reminders about legislative and statewide offices that affect education to parents via the district’s parent communication tools.

*Post election date reminders on school marquees.

*Click here for a printable list of election dates and deadlines.