TULSA - Volunteers for the petition drive to get medical marijuana on the ballot in Oklahoma this November are also registering voters, and they're clearly having some success.
Patty Bryant, Secretary of the Tulsa County Election Board, tells KRMG that the county received 5,327 voter registration forms in July, setting an all-time record for the month.
They normally process between 800 and 1,500 during the month, so the increase is a sharp one.
Of those, 2,444 were people who had never registered to vote before in Tulsa County.
The rest were people who re-registered because of changes to their names, addresses, or party affiliations, or because their registrations had expired.
The 2,444 new registrations break down as follows:
- 973 Independents
- 789 Republicans
- 682 Democrats
It's an indication of the "strange bedfellows" coalition of people who seem to be rallying behind the cause of medical marijuana.
The issue has brought together lifelong progressives, libertarians, and even some hard right conservatives who argue the issue is about states' rights and individual liberties.
The ballot initiative drive must collect about 156,000 signatures of registered voters to get the issue on the ballot.