A forum on “Third Party Ballot Access” was presented by the OCU chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild on Oct. 14. The panel of speakers featured Rachel Jackson of the Oklahoma Green Party, Chris Powell of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, and Thom Holmes of the Oklahoma Constitution Party. The forum was attended by students as well as the general public. Photos from the event were published along with a story also about Oklahoma third parties in the Oct. 20 issue of the Oklahoma Gazette (unfortunately they did not make that story available online).
Since Oklahoma’s ballot access laws are the most stringent in the nation, no third party candidates will appear on the ballot this November. In addition, Oklahomans who try to write in the candidate of their choice will have their ballot discarded, uncounted. In every other state in the country, voters either have more candidates from which to choose, or can write the name of their prefered, or both.
To bring attention to this injustice, the NOTA for President campaign has been started to urge voters to leave the presidential selection blank, thus registering a protest vote for ballot reform in Oklahoma. For more information, see the campaign website at http://www.nota4oklahoma.info.
The Green Party of Oklahoma was among several third parties featured in a segment of “Oklahoma Voices” on KGOU radio 105.7FM / 106.3FM (NPR affiliate in Norman) that explored the state’s strict ballot access laws. The program aired on Sunday, Sept. 1 and again on Sept. 13.
The story included interviews with Rachel Jackson (GPOK Co-chair), John Anderson (1980 presidential candidate), Richard Winger (of Ballot Access News), and also folks representing Oklahoma Libertarians and the Oklahoma State Election board).
Links to all of the show’s guests, as well as a transcript of the program are posted at: http://www.kgou.org/programming_okvoices.php