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Oklahoma’s Third Parties Launch Campaign for Ballot Access (Sep 20, 2007)
What, you ask, could actually bring together groups as diverse as the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, the state Green Party and the state Constitution Party? The small fish of Oklahoma politics have come to the conclusion that they’ll need to band together to change state election law if they ever hope to reach voters. They’ve formed a coalition called Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform and will attempt to collect ninety thousand signatures over the next three months to force a voter referendum on loosening the state’s ballot access requirements.

Experts on state election laws like Richard Winger who writes the newsletter “Ballot Access News” note Oklahoma was the only state with just two Presidential candidates on the ballot in 2004, and they say it currently has the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. Could that change in time for 2008? It may not be likely, but members of the state’s third parties are willing to give it their best shot.

Guests include OBAR Chair Matthew Jones and National Libertarian Party Executive Director Shane Cory (4:00).

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