Oklahoma State Senator Eddie Fields (R-Wynona) has introduced SB 76, which vastly increases candidate filing fees. The fee for U.S. House would rise from $500 to $1,500. The fee for U.S. Senate would rise from $750 to $2,000. For statewide executive offices other than Governor, the fee would increase from $200 to $1,000. For Governor the fee would go from $1,500 to $3,000.
Oklahoma does not have a glut of candidates in its primaries. In 2012, there were no statewide offices up in the primary, but for U.S. House, only one person filed in each party’s primary, in each of the five districts. Thanks to Richard Prawdzienski for this news.