Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Democratic Party informed the State Election Board that it will allow Independent voters to vote in its 2016 and 2017 primaries. The Libertarian and Green parties also stated intent to allow Independents to vote in their potential primaries if they got on the ballot. This left the Republican Party as the lone hold out.
The Republican Party has now made it official. Their’s will be the only primaries in which Independents will not be allowed to vote. They provided an official statement to the State Election Board stating as much.
The state GOP made it official Tuesday in a letter to the state’s Election Board secretary.
Party chairman Pam Pollard said the party believed that only Republicans should pick Republican candidates.
As we enter the coming election year, we will see how these choices will impact the election in Oklahoma.