Oklahoma Department of Ag Certifies State Beef Checkoff Referendum FailedThu, 16 Nov 2017 10:37:44 CST
Oklahoma Commissioner of Ag Jim Reese signed the official certification for the vote on the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff today, certifying that the referendum on a state level dollar per head beef checkoff failed. According to the final report from the Auditor that was confirmed by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, a total of 4,948 votes were received either in the mail or from the "live" voting on November first.
Of those ballots, 444 were declared invalid for one of four reasons- failure to sign the ballot, answer all the questions, vote or in the case of the mail in ballots- arriving after the deadline to receive the ballots.
The audit and check by the Department of Agriculture confirmed that 1998 voted yes and 2506 voted no, meaning the Beef Checkoff Referendum failed.
Those voting by mail in ballot overwhelmingly supported the checkoff- 1002 in favor versus 469 voting no while only 996 voted in favor of the measure on November first, while 2037 cast a no vote.
The detailed Auditor Report shows that thirty three counties went in favor of the Checkoff, there was one county that tied in the number of votes and forty three voted no.
Eleven of the counties in the state had more than a hundred votes cast- seven of those counties had more no votes than yes. Dewey County had one of the most lopsided no vote totals- with 12 voting yes and 102 voting no. The most no votes in any one county came in Craig County, with 135 no votes- in fact Craig County had the most votes cast with 205 votes recorded. Haskell County beef producers that voted were almost unanamous- with the final tally in that county showing 32 voting no and only one producer voting yes.
The strongest "yes" counties included Payne County with 85 votes yes and 30 no and Comanche County with 83 votes yes and 12 votes no. Tillman County is the most lopsided "yes" county, with a final vote count of 65 yes and 6 no.
There were only 36 out of state votes recorded- and those voters favored the checkoff by a 23 to 12 margin.
Click on the PDF file link below to see the certification statement released by Ag Commissioner Reese earlier this morning.
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