In Oklahoma this election we will only have a choice to vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. We will not even have the option of writing in another candidate. In fact, we have not had a third party candidate on the ballot in Oklahoma since 2000.
I think this is unjust, and so far two US Congressional Candidates, an Oklahoma Congressional Candidate, plus a whole lot of other folks agree with me.
Oklahoma is the second most difficult state in our union to gain ballot access in. Currently, third parties require upwards of 50,000 signatures to make it on the ballot. It was not always this way...it took only 5000 signatures until 1974. This petition aims to put pressure upon our state leadership to change our ballot access requirements back to the 1974 standards.
Please sign this petition and then pass it along via email and social media so that it can be promoted as widely as possible.
Please help us to gain the options 87.4% of registered voters nationwide already take for granted.
You can join the accompanying Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oklahoma-Ballot-Access-Reform/233366626792306
This petition proposes to do what House Bill 1058 would have done if adopted: reduce the number of signatures required to gain ballot access to 5000 registered voters.
Currently Oklahoma ballot access is obtained as follows:
Oklahoma: A party is defined either as a group that polled 10% for the office at the top of the ticket in the last election (i.e., president or governor), or that submits a petition signed by voters equal to 5% of the last vote cast for the office at the top of the ticket. An independent presidential candidate, or the presidential candidate of an unqualified party, may get on the ballot with a petition of 3% of the last presidential vote. Oklahoma is the only state in the nation in which an independent presidential candidate, or the presidential candidate of a new or previously unqualified party, needs support from more than 2% of the last vote cast to get on the ballot.
Please help us to change this. Oklahomans deserve to be able to vote according to their consciences.