Petitioners Turn In More Than 313k Signatures on Thursday to Get Medicaid Expansion on 2020 Ballot


State Question 802 petition delivery at the office of the Secretary of State on Oct.24, {year} in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Photo courtesy Oklahoma Hospital Association/Steve Sisney)

Petitioners turn in more than 313,000 signatures to get Medicaid expansion question on 2020 ballot

Published October 25, 2019 by Barbara Hoberock (Tulsa World)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Medicaid expansion supporters on Thursday delivered more than 313,000 signatures to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office in an effort to get the issue before voters.

The number was well above the nearly 178,000 required to get State Question 802 on the 2020 ballot.

Amber England, a spokeswoman for Yes on 802, said it was a record number of signatures, showing widespread support for the measure.

“From Guymon to Broken Bow and from Altus to Miami, this campaign has been everywhere, and we have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support for Medicaid expansion across this state,” England said.

She said the issue is personal to every Oklahoman because every resident knows someone who needs access to care and is not getting it.

England said the Oklahoma Legislature, which declined to expand Medicaid, has “kicked the can down the road.”

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