Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Presidential Candidates Sue over State Ballot Access

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Presidential Candidates Sue over State Ballot Access

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Two presidential candidates are suing the State Election Board because they won't be on the November ballot.

Jill Stein of the Green Party and independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente argued in a federal lawsuit that Oklahoma's ballot access laws are too strict. The lawsuit is joined by several voters who support the candidates.

Tulsa attorney James Linger wrote in the lawsuit that Oklahoma has an unnecessarily early filing deadline, a petition signature requirement that is too high and that the law discriminates against presidential candidates who are not Republican or Democrat.

"Since this law has been in effect, the last time it was complied with was Ross Perot in 1992," Linger said Friday. "In the last 24 years, no one has been able to comply with it."

He said Oklahoma has a history of not allowing third parties on the ballot. Until this year, voters couldn't join the Libertarian Party.

Presidential candidates needed 16,000 more signatures to be on the ballot than the Libertarians needed to organize their own party in Oklahoma. …

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