Woods County voters differ from state on SQ802
• Waynoka city sales tax measure loses by one vote
July 1, 2020
State Question 802 for Medicaid expansion passed by a narrow margin in Oklahoma Tuesday, garnering 50.48 percent in favor with 49.52 percent opposed. Unofficial returns list 340,279 votes in favor statewide and 333,761 against.
The measure will become part of the state constitution, which will prevent legislators from enacting rules that could make it more difficult to quality for coverage such as work requirements. Nearly 200,000 low-income adult residents are expected to gain health insurance through this measure, which won’t go into effect until next year. Expansion is estimated to bring a little more than $1 billion additional federal funds annually to Oklahoma, according to Amber England, the initiative campaign manager. The state will have to pick up 10 percent of the cost.
However, Woods County voters disagreed with the state majority with 62.58 percent voting against the state question. The unofficial tally was 1,097 votes against and 656 in favor in the county.
A Woods County proposition allowing restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages by the drink for on-premises consumption on Sunday was passed by a 60.14 percent margin. Numerous other counties in the state have already passed a similar measure. The proposition only applies to those establishments already serving alcohol.
The City of Waynoka sales tax proposal went down to defeat by one vote, according to state election board results. The one percent sales tax was intended in part for capital improvements of the Waynoka Municipal Swimming Pool. Of the total 173 votes cast, 87 voted against the sales tax and 86 in favor.
For state corporation commission, Republicans in the county voted 81.99 percent for Todd Hiett over Harold D. Spradling. Statewide voters also chose Hiett.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe outdistanced his three Republican opponents with a 72.93 percent margin in Woods County. Statewide, Inhofe took 74.06 percent of the vote. On the Democrat ballot, Abby Broyles took a 51.99 percent margin in the county. She was also the favorite statewide with 60.74 percent.
Vote counts are considered unofficial until finalized at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Until that time, protests and requests for recounts may be filed.