The State Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a Tulsa County lawsuit that must be moved to Oklahoma County for it to proceed with its challenge to a voter-approved state question.
In an order Monday, the Supreme Court denied a request for it to take jurisdiction over a suit challenging SQ 746, the voter identification issue. SQ 746 is scheduled to take effect July 1. It was approved Nov. 2, drawing 74 percent voter approval.
When the Tulsa County suit was filed Nov. 16 — alleging that SQ 746 “imposes undue restrictions on the right to vote” — then-Gov. Brad Henry was the lone defendant.
A March order by District Judge Tom Thornbrugh stated that Tulsa County was not the proper venue “for an action seeking to enjoin the governor from enforcing a legislative referendum.” The case had to be moved to Oklahoma County, Thornbrugh ruled.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Delilah Christine Gentges, identified as a Tulsa County resident and an Oklahoma taxpayer, and the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa.