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Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform Calls for Relaxed Requirements to Aid 3rd Parties

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform Calls for Relaxed Requirements to Aid 3rd Parties

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Free-market competition results in better products and services for consumers, so free ballot access should likewise result in better candidates, Matthew Jones said Friday.

As chairman of Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, Jones announced the group had filed an initiative petition at the Oklahoma secretary of state's office on Friday. The petition would relax the requirements for political parties to get their candidates on election ballots in Oklahoma.

Leaders of the coalition are active in the Green, Libertarian and Constitution parties. Oklahoma has the strictest ballot access laws in the nation, said Jones.

The group has three months to gather more than 74,000 signatures.

Oklahoma law requires a political party seeking recognition in the state to first gather the signatures of at least 5 percent of the number of people who voted in the last general election for governor or for president. More than 926,000 people voted in the 2006 gubernatorial election, so an aspiring political party seeking to join the next statewide election would need to collect more than 46,000 signatures. …

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