State Question 800 defeated by voters

A state question calling for the creation of a reserve fund to finance education by diverting 5 percent of gross production tax collections in Oklahoma was defeated Tuesday by voters.

State Question No. 800 was defeated by a margin of 57.22% against and 42.78% in favor.  The number of ‘no’ votes totaled 652,984 while the number of ‘yes’ votes totaled 488,135, according to the Oklahoma Election Board.

The state question had called for an increase of the percentage of funds diverted by .2 percent every year with no cap on the ultimate percentage to be diverted. Opponents included the Oklahoma State School Boards Association whose Executive Director Shawn Hime had said the question was vague and filled with unknowns.

Click here to view county-by-county voting on the issue and others as well as candidates.