What you need to know about Oklahoma’s general election

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  People  across the state will be heading to the polls today to decide several key races.

In addition to choosing the next governor, voters will also voice their opinion on three state questions.

Click here to see all the candidates in the 2014 general election

State Question 769 proposes an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution, which would allow a state government official to also hold certain military positions.

Currently, those who cannot hold certain military positions while in office include the following:

  • Legislators
  • State Judges
  • District Attorneys
  • Statewide Elected Officials: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer
  • Members of State Boards, Agencies and Commissions
  • Many County Officers.

The state question would allow people in those positions to also be an active duty member of the following:

  • The National Guard
  • The National Guard Reserve
  • The Oklahoma State Guard
  • Any Other Active Militia or Military Force Organized Under State Law
  • An Officer of the Reserve Corps of the United States
  • An Enlisted Member of the Organized Reserves of the United States.

State Question 770  deals with homestead exemptions for disabled veterans.

The question would create an amendment that provides a homestead exemption to the surviving spouse  or qualified disabled veterans.

The measure would allow the veteran or the surviving spouse to sell a homestead exempt property and then purchase another home in the same calendar year.

The homestead exemption would then transfer to the new home.

State Question 771 would create a homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of military personnel who die in the line of duty.

The measure would provide the surviving spouse with a 100 percent exemption for the fair cash value of the homestead until the surviving spouse remarried.

Just like in State Question 770, the surviving spouse would also be able to sell a home and purchase a new one within the same calendar year.

It would also allow the homestead exemption to move over to the new home.

Click here to see a sample ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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