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Okla. Election Board Denies Group Spot on Ballot (Aug 30, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Election Board is denying a state group's attempt to place Libertarian presidential candidates on Oklahoma's November ballot.

Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Wednesday the agency's legal counsel issued a legal memorandum advising against placing the Americans Elect Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates on the ballot.

The group Americans Elect gathered enough signatures in Oklahoma to qualify for a spot on the ballot, but the group's legal counsel later notified state election officials it had terminated its status as a qualified political party.

Meanwhile, the state chairman of Americans Elect notified the election board that it selected Gary Johnson as its nominee for president and James Gray for vice president. The two were selected earlier this year as nominees of the Libertarian Party.


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