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Another Oklahoma Election Day has come and gone. While some may be pleased with the final results and others disappointed, there is one positive outcome that benefits all Oklahomans: In the vast majority of races on the ballot, pro-science candidates prevailed. 

Over the past few years, a startling number of anti-science bills were filed that would have rolled back many of the public health protections so many of us take for granted. Thankfully, few of these bills passed into law, but the extreme rhetoric has put far too many health care professionals and vulnerable Oklahomans at risk. 

Misinformation reached a fever pitch during the pandemic. At a time when we needed to come together, roll up our collective sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19, some legislators proposed policies that fed fear tactics and emboldened extremists in their echo chamber.