Tuesday, February 23, 2016

42K sign to put Libertarians on Oklahoma ballot

Libertarians file signatures to get on ballot | News OK - Rick Green, The Oklahoman: 

February 22, 2016 - "When Oklahomans go to the polls in the June 28 statewide primary, there's a good chance there will be Libertarian candidates on the ballot.

"Officials of the party, which favors free markets, personal freedom and peace, filed thousands of voter signatures with the state Election Board on Monday.

"They needed 24,745 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot.  Oklahoma Libertarian Party Vice Chair Tina Kelly said a total of 42,000 signatures were gathered.

"'I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of Oklahomans who do not feel represented by the two parties currently in power and want more choices,' she said....

"The state Election Board will go through a verification process for the signatures. Barring major problems, Libertarian candidates would appear on the Oklahoma ballot for the first time in 16 years.

"'Candidates from all levels of government are reaching out to us with their intentions to seek office as Libertarians," [Kelly] said. 'The other parties have made a mess of things and it's very exciting to know that this year for the first time in a long time, there's potential to see real political change in our state.'

"Assuming it makes the ballot in this year's election cycle, the party would need to receive 10 percent of the vote in the presidential race. If it doesn't reach that threshold, another round of signature gathering would be required to qualify the party for the 2018 general election....

"Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, said the party wants to ensure that 'every American has a Libertarian option on their ballot.'"

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