Oklahoma City, OK (April 26, 2022) – We are obviously disappointed with the outcome of last night’s middle-of-the-night hearing to contest Madison Horn’s candidacy. Unfortunately, our hearing began around 1:00 a.m. By that time, after 16 hours of hearings, members of the Board were understandably ready to be finished for the day, and our time to present evidence was restricted in comparison to previous hearings of the day.
Regardless of the outcome, the fact remains that Madison Horn is not registered to vote in Oklahoma, and her Declaration of Candidacy form was incomplete and contained false information when she filed it. Even if she did fill out an application to register to vote when she says she did, it was only two days before filing to run for office, presumably because she was filling out her Declaration of Candidacy form and realized she needed to present an Oklahoma voter ID number on the form.
Even still, she did not present an Oklahoma voter ID number on her Declaration, and as she admitted to the Election Board, she is not registered to vote in Oklahoma. Her application is still pending. Further, under oath, she provided a voting precinct number on her form while knowing she is not registered. But unfortunately, the Election Board has now decided that someone running for federal office does not have to comply with the same requirement of completing the Declaration of Candidacy form fully and honestly, as do all other candidates for public office in the State of Oklahoma.
I believe I had a duty to present the information we had to the Election Board in order to keep our election system and candidates accountable. Voters have a right to know if the candidate they may potentially vote on has followed the laws, is a member of the party whose nomination they are seeking, and is a voter who participates regularly in our Democracy.
As a lifelong Oklahoman, it is disappointing that a candidate who has just moved here, is not registered to vote here, does not have an Oklahoma driver’s license, and whose vehicle still has Virginia license plates is deemed qualified to run to represent Oklahoma in the United States Senate. However, the Board has spoken. While we disagree with the Board’s decision, we will move forward in the election process, focused on people and solutions to the many important issues facing Oklahomans and our Nation.