ACRI Ballot initiative (Oklahoma): Allegations of Deception in Petition Signature Gathering Arise

According to the Tulsa World, a Oklahoma state legislator stated that deception is being used to obtain signatures for the American Civil Rights Institute’s (ACRI) ballot initiative to ban affirmative action.

“What this is about is fear and hate and misleading information,” Rep. Jabar Shumate said Monday morning at a news conference at the Church of the Living God, 1559 E. Reading St.

Shumate said a petition drive worker approached him and “asked if I wanted to end discrimination in government employment,” and then offered him a signature sheet.

“When I asked to see more information, she hurried off,” he said.

His constituents have told him similar stories, Shumate said, leading him to believe that the campaign’s workers are trying to get black people to sign the petition by misrepresenting its intent.

In a related development, there is a ten minute video on YouTube showing a discussion between a petition signature collector and a citizen. In summary, the discussion was about the signature collector’s description of the petition to ban discrimination rather than to ban affirmative action.