Oklahoma Election Board Tosses Governor Candidate

Monday, April 21st 2014, 10:17 pm
By: News 9

An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.

The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Representative Joe Dorman.

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The 34-year-old Sills acknowledged his failure to disclose a guilty plea in 2000 to a felony crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He said he thought the question only applied to embezzlement-related crimes.

The board also voted to remove a Republican state Senate candidate from Lawton from the ballot after receiving evidence of a guilty plea to crimes in Kansas.