Senator Jeff Rabon
ASSISTANT MAJORITY FLOOR LEADER
Senate District 5
Atoka, Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties
For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2005
Senator Jeff Rabon
Rabon Calls for Statewide Probe of TABOR Supporters’ Signature
State Senator Jeff
Rabon urged the Oklahoma Attorney General on Wednesday to coordinate
a statewide investigation into the “hijacking of democracy”
by out-of-interests seeking a statewide vote on TABOR.
Rabon pointed to the arrest last week of a teenage TABOR petition
circulator who was in alleged violation of his parole from Massachusetts
and two incidents in Tulsa Tuesday where petition circulators attempted
to gather signatures inside polling places on Election Day. One
of the TABOR supporters was a precinct worker who was relieved of
“These can no longer be looked at as isolated incidents. Out-of-state
organizations have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into
this effort. They have hired under-age, out-of-state residents to
collect signatures, which is against state law. They are campaigning
for TABOR inside our polling places. They’ve had at least
one person wanted on a felony warrant circulating their petition.
Who knows what else they’re up to?” Rabon said.
Rabon said enforcement of the laws related to circulating initiative
petitions has thus far taken place because of complaints from concerned
citizens. That’s not sufficient, the Senator said.
“Law enforcement needs to be on the look out for violations
of these laws. The initiative petition – the people’s
right to bring an issue to a vote – is one of the core principals
of democracy and it’s being exploited and hijacked by out-of-state
interests,” Rabon said.
Rabon also said that college and university officials should make
sure TABOR petition circulators are complying with state laws and
The Senator pointed out that TABOR proponents have raised more than
$300,000 in their effort to gather the more than 219,000 signatures
needed to get the TABOR issue on the ballot. Most of that money,
used in great part to pay people to gather signatures, has come
from out-of-state organizations.
“You have to wonder why they have to use out-of-state money
to buy a statewide vote on TABOR. We cannot let special interest
groups from Colorado, Illinois and Washington D.C. hijack our initiative
petition process. Democracy is too precious of a commodity to allow
it to be sold to the highest bidder and those willing to trample
on our laws to accomplish their goals,” Rabon said. “A
coordinated statewide investigation is the only way to preserve
this most basic right of a democratic society.”
For more information contact:
Senator Rabon's Office- (405) 521-5614