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November 1, 2012

Election Day is 5 days away and early voting starts at county election boards tomorrow. After more than a year of campaigning, we will soon know who our state and federal leaders will be. The results, both locally and federally, will have a resounding impact on our state and nation's economic future.

This week, we are dedicating our CEO Briefing entirely to the elections. We are sending this information to the State Chamber membership and Prosperity Project participants in an effort to help you and your employees go to the polls informed Tuesday, Nov. 6. Please help move our state forward and let your voice be heard by voting Tuesday.

State Questions

This year, Oklahomans will be asked to vote on six state questions ranging in topics from taxation, social services, the pardon and parole process and affirmative action. The State Chamber has taken a position on two of the state questions that will have a direct impact on our state's economy and future prosperity.

For the second election cycle in a row, the Oklahoma Prosperity Project has posted the most comprehensive, non-partisan information on all six state questions that will appear on the ballot. To see pros and cons on every issue, click here.

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The State Chamber has taken the lead by running the Yes on SQ 766 campaign in conjunction with more than 75 trade associations, grassroots organizations, local chambers of commerce and other civic groups from across the state. The coalition represents a broad-spectrum of interests and ideologies ranging from the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) to the American Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO).

A YES vote on SQ 766 will keep Oklahomans' intangible personal property—which cannot be seen, touched or held—free from taxation. SQ 766 is needed to reverse a state Supreme Court ruling which makes all intangible personal property in the state subject to taxation. This is an issue that impacts every single Oklahoman.

Passage of SQ 766 protects Oklahoma families and businesses from a variety of new taxes on intangible property such as goodwill, customer lists and relationships, databases, patented technology, trademarks and brand names, pensions, retirement benefits and professional licenses like teaching certificates and nursing licenses. If voters do not overturn the court's ruling, Oklahoma would be virtually alone in taxing these types of property.

Governor Mary Fallin is serving as honorary chairwoman of the campaign and has contributed greatly to the cause through appearing in television, newspaper, billboard and online advertising urging Oklahomans to vote 'Yes.'

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For more information click the picture above to be re-directed to YES on 766 website.

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The State Chamber is also running the Yes on State Question 764 campaign. The question creates the Water Infrastructure Credit Enhancement Reserve fund, and authorizes the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to provide financing to local communities for water infrastructure projects at lower interest rates.

A YES vote on State Question 764 helps protect one of our state's most precious natural resources - water. This November, Oklahomans will have an opportunity to enhance financial assistance programs that provide affordable loans to communities for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, without a tax increase.

Clean, affordable water is necessary to attract and retain business, industry and qualified workers for job creation and economic prosperity in Oklahoma.

Since 1985, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) has managed loans for water infrastructure. This program has saved Oklahoma taxpayers over $900 million. SQ 764 will allow the OWRB to expand this program and help even more Oklahoma communities and rural water districts.

Keep Oklahoma's positive momentum flowing. Please join Governor Mary Fallin, Speaker Kris Steele, former state Treasurer Scott Meacham and our long list of supporters, in voting YES on SQ 764.

SQ 764, Vote YES

For more information click the picture above to be re-directed to YES on 764 website.

State Chamber Legislative Endorsements
At the State Chamber, our sole mission is to improve Oklahoma's business climate and serve as a powerful voice for the state's business community at the state and federal capitols. To further that mission, it is imperative that we support pro-jobs candidates for state office and help elect people who understand business issues. To see a list of state legislative candidates endorsed by the State Chamber, please click here.
Election Tools

As part of the Oklahoma Prosperity Project, we have created a number of tools to help your employees go to the polls armed with information about how the election results will affect our state's economic future and long-term prosperity. Please do not delay in getting this information to all Oklahomans before they head to the polls Nov. 6.

A Sample Ballot is now available, which is a great tool for you to mark up and take to the polls with you. As a result of the 2010 U.S. census, many of our state's legislative districts were redrawn, which could mean your polling place may have changed. If you are unsure of your location, click here to locate your polling place. (your address and social security number are required via the OK State Election Board's website, but that information is NOT stored.)


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Early Voting Begins Friday Nov 2 at Your County Election Board

Friday, Nov 2: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 3: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov 5: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov 6 is Election Day and the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Socially Speaking (sample Facebook posts and Tweets for your use in your social media)

@okprosperity has info so you can Vote Informed! Sample ballot, State Question Pros & Cons, & much more!

Elections are Tuesday Nov 6, make sure you are informed before you go vote! @okprosperity

VOTE TODAY! Your polling place is open from 7am to 7pm - Visit & be informed before you vote!


Federal Election Information

Visit U.S. Chamber or Business and Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)


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