DEATHS

Kathryn Joyce Cookson, 82

Born December 24, 1937

Died May 22, 2020

Terry Lee Shipman, 65

Born June 2, 1954

Died May 19, 2020

Shirley Ann Jackson, 79

Born July 19, 1940

Died May 18, 2020

Robert Lloyd Cox, 47

Born June 23, 1972

Died May 17, 2020

Leon Gilyard, 77

Born February 8, 1943

Died May 16, 2020

Earnest L. Edwards, Sr., 81

Born February 8, 1939

Died May 16, 2020

Rhunella Lillian Bailey, 83

Born August 9, 1936

Died May 16, 2020

Reverend Dr. Ray K. Gaines, 81

Born July 29, 1938

Died May 12, 2020

Hoy Gene Parson, 78

Born October 15, 1941

Died May 11, 2020

Louise Ward, 91

Born August 25, 1928

Died May 11, 2020

Anna Belle Perry, 82

Born August 16, 1937

Died May 11, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020, 9:25 AM

The Oklahoma State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced its opposition to a law Oklahoma state legislators quickly passed last week that requires mail-in votes to be notarized.

The law quickly followed the Oklahoma Supreme Court striking down a previous law that required notarization for mail-in ballots.

Citing concerns over voter fraud, the House and Senate quickly passed the new law less than four days later. The law requires two witnesses for each vote and a notary public. During the coronavirus pandemic, voters can send in a photocopy of their state identification.

The NAACP said the new law amounts to voter suppression and violates the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments.

“We believe this new law is purposely intended to intimidate racial minorities from voting by mail,” the state’s NAACP branch stated in a release. “It deliberately imposes a discriminatory trade off, which exposes a third party to the absentee ballots, versus when the in-person voter, can keep their voting choice private at the ballot box.”

The group vowed to fight the new law in court.

Meanwhile, the state Election Board’s three-month investigation showed that only 18 people out of Oklahoma’s 4 million population attempted to vote illegally in 2016, according to reporting from readfrontier.org.

“I have no idea what the disposition (of each case) is,” state Election Board Spokesman Bryan Dean told the Frontier. “Most of the time double voting is not prosecuted because it happened by accident and they (the DAs) don’t want to go after a little old lady who voted twice.”

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