Currently, Oklahoma is one of the toughest states to form a new political party in the U.S. These laws have created a drought of ideas in our political landscape. We need to reduce the petition requirement for forming a new party from the current 5% of the last general election to the flat 5,000 signatures parties needed prior to the change in 1974.

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Zachary Knight about 3 years ago

I am glad to see so many people on this idea. I really hope that the State Legislature is listening.

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Angela Jennings about 3 years ago

In the 2012 presidential elections, I was unable to vote for the candidate of my choice because he was taken off of the OK ballot. Oklahoma was 1 or 2 states that did not have him on there. I feel like my right to vote for the candidate of my choice is taken away in this state. We have the right to vote for who we want in office not just one of the 2 the state deems acceptable.

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Preston Drake about 3 years ago

My candidate of choice didn't even make an attempt to gain access in Oklahoma because our access laws are so stringent that it was seen as a sinkhole for their already-limited funds. The two-party system is limited enough, but Oklahoma is uncomfortably close to being a one-party state and we need more options for people across the spectrum.

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Dan Beshear about 3 years ago

Two "choices" on the ballot is the same as no choice, take it or leave it, exactly the same type of decision those in the Soviet Union had. Currently Oklahoma prevents its citizens from choosing anyone not approved at the national Repocrat or Demublican party HQ. We are Oklahomans, and we shouldn't be limited in our choices to only those with a Washington DC stamp of approval. If your party has 5,000 valid Oklahoma signatures, that's proof enough your party deserves to be on the ballot in Oklahoma.

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Joseph Jones Joseph Jones about 3 years ago

It is unfair that those of us in Oklahoma can't vote for who we want. We should be allowed to vote for any person in any party that we want.

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concerned2337 concerned2337 about 3 years ago

That would be fantatic to reform the ballot - we do need a choice so that we can be able to choose a third party. Both the Democrat and the Republican parties have become so embarassing. We should at least have a place to write in a choice. Another thought: we don't have to have the ballots counted electronically and the results done so quickly. We should go back to hand counting - and double checking since the results are so very important. Our future is important. We don't need to be in such a hurry.

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Zachary Knight about 3 years ago

Thank you everyone for you support. I look forward to really pushing this issue in the Legislature and at the ballot this year.

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Travis Darling about 3 years ago

This is an important issue that the state legislature needs to consider!

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Damien Traylor about 3 years ago

It is madness and Un-American to place these obscene restrictions on the freedom of the people of Oklahoma to choose our own elected representatives! Both sides in this state have degenerated to embarrassments in their insane race to the bottom to appeal to the worst, most base instincts of the voters that they have kept ill informed and artificially separated for their own continued profit. This must end! People of Oklahoma, you deserve real representation, not the bribe check writing big money scum that owns our government now! Get mad, get up, keep fighting!

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Kathy Toth Kathy Toth about 3 years ago

8,000 people in Oklahoma cast a ballot in the November 2012 election without selecting a presidential candidate. To me that makes a loud and clear statement. That may not sound like a big enough percentage of Oklahoma's voters to make a big difference, but I felt less alone when I learned that that many people were unwilling to settle for the lesser of two evils. That it was even reported says that somebody is paying attention. There is hope.

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Scott Campbell about 3 years ago

It's time to allow new parties to form and be recognized no matter the size. Every voice should be heard.

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Zachary Knight about 3 years ago

It is my hope that the Oklahoma Legislature will wake up and listen to those voicing these concerns. If this state is to survive politically, it requires a wide array of voices.

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Ronald Smith about 3 years ago

There is no valid reason for the obstacles the legislature has placed in our way. It just prevents active participation in our own government. The two-party duopoly is the source of all gridlock in this state. The people who benefit from these outlandish rules are the ones who created them and that needs to change.

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Anthony Papillion about 3 years ago

By making such difficult to meet requirements for ballot access, the state is basically saying that, unless a large number of people agree with you, your voice doesn't matter and doesn't need to be represented within state government. In 2012, I was prevented from voting for my Presidential candidate of choice and candidates are now being forced to align with one of the two established parties, neither of whom they might agree with, just to have access to the ballot. This is unfair and needs to be changed.

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Roger Woodward over 2 years ago

Oklahoma law is just another example of our two party dictatorship. One freedom our two party dictatorship has taken away from this life long resident is being able to vote for my candidate of choice. Like it or not this is just a part of their Statist thinking.

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Christy McGill over 2 years ago

I would like to know the specifics on how and when the laws decided that Oklahomans were only allowed to vote the way we are told to vote. There should be avenues that allow for more alternatives. Oklahomans will not change their party affiliation because even that negates the ability to choose the "next best" choice. If nothing else, we should be allowed to vote against our party line in order to have our votes read. If that is changed, more people would show an affiliation toward other parties.

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Zachary Knight over 2 years ago

For anyone who is interested in learning more about this and other election and voting issues, I recommend following this website:

http://okvoterchoice.org/

This is the home of the oldest group advocating for ballot access reform in Oklahoma.

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David Pratt over 2 years ago

Political parties should be like corporations; you register with the state, pay your licensing fee and voila, you're a political party. No retention qualifications, just pay a fee to the election commission to have your name put on the ballot.

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Micah Gamino almost 2 years ago

I agree with Mr. Pratt.

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Micah Gamino almost 2 years ago

Follow the movement! http://okvoterchoice.org

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