Local & Regional
Wed October 27, 2010
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Okla. voters to consider several ballot questions
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma voters will decide several ballot issues next week that critics say panders to extreme conservatives and would move the state farther to the right.
Of 11 state questions on the Nov. 2 ballot, one would make English the state's official language, and another prohibits Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. And a third allows residents to "opt-out" of the new federal health care reform law.
Critics say Republicans are trying to beef up voter turnout among certain conservative groups by appealing to biases on immigration, Islam and the reach of Washington.
Republicans deny a conspiracy and say that some of the measures are designed to protect citizens from the reach of the federal government.
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