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Plurality voting[edit]

In "Law and Government", text says state officials are elected by plurality voting. That's wrong, right? Oklahoma's one of the few states where a candidate only wins with a majority vote, acquired in a runoff election if necessary. Lobosolo (talk) 06:25, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

We do elect our officials by plurality voting in the General election as was the case in the 2002, its only in the primary's that we have runoffs.--Dcheagle | Join the Fight! 08:50, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

OK. Well, that could be clearer, right? I don't feel qualified to revise, but Oklahoma's relative uniqueness in the primary runoff requirement sort of belies this blanket statement about plurality voting. Lobosolo (talk) 09:45, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

I'm going to be rewriting the statement to better explain our system of voting.--Dcheagle | Join the Fight! 20:15, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Questionable content?[edit]

It states "It is located on a confluence of three major American cultural regions'". Which three? The link explains what a cultural region is, but does nothing toi explain or support the statement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 219.89.9.165 (talk) 22:03, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

I noticed it said that watermelon was a vegetable. It isn't a vegetable it is a fruit. A user then charged me with "disruptive editing". Please tell me how this is disruptive. I believe wikipedia has charged me falsely. Im not impressed and I live in Oklahoma so I think I would know a bit more than wikipedia trolls who seemingly have nothing better to do than spend their lives on wikipedia. A WATERMELON IS A FRUIT!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by GordonFreechman (talkcontribs) 19:17, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

The disruptive editing was for the edits that followed. And, as far as Oklahoma is concerned, watermelon is a vegetable. [1] DCEdwards1966 19:24, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
Anyway, fruits are just a subset of vegetables. The two terms aren't mutually exclusive. +Angr 17:08, 8 May 2010 (UTC)
For the uses of the state, watermelon is a vegetable. Codster925 (talk) 03:15, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Presidential Election of 2008[edit]

"Oklahoma was the only state whose counties voted unanimously for McCain." This is true only because Alaska's primary subdivisions are called boroughs. McCain carried all the boroughs. Dynzmoar (talk) 11:19, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

Please stop editing back and forth on whether Oklahoma was the only pure red state in 2008. If there is a dispute, which there clearly is, we discuss in on the Talk Page not but edit comments as we edit back and forth. Here are two map sources I found. [2][3]. ─ Matthewi (Talk) • 00:06, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
Part of the issue here is how you handle Alaska's Unorganized Borough. Not all of Alaska is part of a borough; the emptier parts of the state are administered directly by the state government and are not part of a borough. To facilitate census taking, the Census Bureau splits the borough up into "Census areas"; Obama won some of these. So whether Oklahoma was the only state to go all McCain in 2008 depends on whether you treat the unorganized borough as equivalent to a borough or use the census areas. —Scott5114 [EXACT CHANGE ONLY] 00:19, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
We just need to discuss in on this page or another Talk Page to see how I handle it. I don't know much about it though. ─ Matthewi (Talk) • 01:20, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Better topography photographs[edit]

Do you think we can get any uglier with the landscape photos? Why does every description of Oklahoma always come with shots of the dust bowl, shots of some vast grassland going into oblivion, Black Mesa and the mandatory windmill shot with not a tree in sight? Do any of the authors ever venture east of I 35 and south of I 40. No one lives in the panhandle. How about some shots of the Kiamichis?

Also, your assertion that "most" of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains is false. The Great Plains encompass a vary small portion of our state in the NW and Northern portions. http://www.literarian.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/greatplains.jpg Central and Western Oklahoma are within the cross timbers and consist of rose bed plains(a more hilly and wooded type).

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kryan74 (talkcontribs) 04:56, 10 March 2011 (UTC) 

What about the Indians?[edit]

Considering that much of the state is divided into Indian Reservations, I am curious why there is so little mention of that. It would be nice to see how that interplays with state jurisdiction. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.15.137.90 (talk) 00:43, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

There exists exactly one Indian reservation in Oklahoma, Osage Indian Reservation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.234.182.75 (talk) 01:10, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Exactly. Apart from Osage County, there are not actually reservations in Oklahoma. There are tribal governments that operate in certain defined areas (e.g. Chickasaw, Cherokee, et al.) but in order to fall under their jurisdiction you either have to be a member of the tribe or otherwise consent to their jurisdiction (i.e. by being employed by them or dealing with their businesses). Otherwise Oklahoma law applies. Ultimately though it is not something that directly affects most residents of Oklahoma on a frequent basis (unless you're the sort of person who goes to the casino every day), which is why I assume it's been left out. —Scott5114 [EXACT CHANGE ONLY] 14:36, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Actually, the Osage Nation doesn't even have a reservation. The Tenth Circuit ruled very clearly in Osage Nation v. Irby, 597 F.3d 1117 (10th Cir. 2010), cert denied, that the Osage Allotment Act of 1906 ended their reservation status (despite the tribe's retention of the infamous Osage mineral estate). There are no "reservations" in Oklahoma. 68.12.156.16 (talk)

Dead Links[edit]

This article contains so many dead links. Which might be a problem when proving it's verifiability. Someone definitely need to do a ref-improve or if it gets re-assessed it might loose featured article state. I'm eager to help if someone need a hand--Chamith (talk) 13:07, 24 October 2014 (UTC)