School Shelter Supporters Short on Signatures

Dec 16, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of a planned state question for a $500 million state bond issue to help pay for school storm shelters say they are about 40,000 signatures short of what they need to place the question on the ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma steering committee member Mark Nestlen said Monday the group has collected about 120,000 signatures. To place the question on the ballot, the group needs signatures from more than 155,000 registered voters.

Monday is the deadline for submitting the signatures to the Secretary of State, but Nestlen said the group is not planning to turn them in. Instead, they are hoping the Oklahoma Supreme Court will either grant them additional time to gather signatures.

Oral arguments are scheduled Wednesday in a dispute over the proposed ballot language.