Oklahomans For Ballot Access Reform has published our Ballot Access Brief highlighting the evidence in favor of a number of reforms Oklahoma needs to make in order to bring about fair, free and equal elections.
In this brief, we present poll data and voting results which shows that voters throughout the US and in Oklahoma are falling out of favor with the two duopoly parties and wish to see a new party rise.
We then discuss the need and evidence in support of the following reforms:
-Reducing or eliminating the petition signature requirement to form a new party
-Extending the length of time a new party is recognized
-Reducing the number of votes required to retain party recognition
-Reducing or eliminating the petition signature requirement to place an Independent Presidential candidate on the ballot
-Adding a write-in option to state election ballots
-Repealing the straight-party voting option on state election ballots
-Removing the names of Presidential Electors from the ballot
Finally we address the objections many people make when defending Oklahoma’s current harsh ballot access laws.
We feel that this brief will be an important tool in reforming Oklahoma’s laws and make it easier for citizens of Oklahoma to exercise their right to form and join any party of their choosing and vote for their favored candidates.
We ask that all of you read this brief and share it with your friends, family and most importantly your state Representative and Senator.http://okvoterchoice.org/2015/02/legislative-brief-the-case-for-ballot-access-reform-in-oklahoma/