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State of Oklahoma

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Oklahoma

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of Oklahoma's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates should not:
  • With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact concerning themselves or their opponents.

  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions or solicit public support. 

Candidates may establish campaign committees to conduct campaigns, solicit and accept reasonable campaign contributions, manage the expenditure of campaign funds, and obtain public statements of support. Candidate committees may not solicit contributions and public support earlier than 90 days before an election filing period or later than 30 days after the last election in which the candidate participates.

Judges who are candidates for retention or who are running unopposed for reelection, and whose candidacy has drawn active opposition, may campaign in response.