Oklahomans said yes to State Question 776 and an amendment to the state Constitution affirming the state's right to carry out the death penalty.
The measure adds Section 9A of Article 2 to the state's Constitution which would establish mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of executions. It will:
- Allow the Legislature to designate any method of execution not prohibited by the United States Constitution.
- Prohibit death sentences from being reduced because a method of execution is ruled to be invalid.
- When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method.
The death penalty under Oklahoma law will not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s Constitution, nor to contravene any provision of the Oklahoma Constitution.
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