Oklahoma Votes Yes to English, No to Sharia
...and the results of other unusual ballot measures
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 2:05 AM CDT
Michael Hardesty uses a magnifying glass as he votes in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(Newser) – Oklahoma's voters passed a pair of ballot initiatives last night—and progressives and immigrant-rights groups are alarmed, AP reports. One of them requires that all official state actions be conducted in English, with exceptions for Native American languages and in cases when federal law requires otherwise. The other—described as a "pre-emptive action" by lawmakers—prohibits state courts from considering Sharia law when deciding cases ... something that's never been used in the state.

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