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Libertarian Party Obtains Ballot Access in Oklahoma for First Time in 16 Years

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The Libertarian Party just scored a major victory in its quest to fulfill candidate Gary Johnson’s promise that the party will be on the ballot in all 50 states as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election.

Ballot Access News is reporting that the Oklahoma Election Board announced on Monday that it has verified the Libertarian Party’s petition to become a qualified party in the state, meaning that its presidential candidate will appear on the 2016 ballot and that its voters can register to vote as members of the party.

Only Republican and Democratic candidates have appeared on the Oklahoma presidential ballot in every election so far since the year 2000. The only political party to gain recognized party status since that time, the Americans Elect party in 2011, did not place a candidate on the ballot after doing so.

Truth in Media reported last year on the fact that Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin had signed a bill into law in May of 2015 that reduced the number of signatures required for a third party to obtain qualified party status from 5 percent of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election to 3 percent.

Prior to that change in the law, the Libertarian Party called Oklahoma “one of the toughest states for ballot access.

According to The Associated Press, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party had submitted a petition with 42,000 signatures in February, above the 24,745 signatures required to meet the 3 percent rule.

We did it. Now we have to make it count,” said Oklahoma Libertarian Party vice chair Tina Kelly. She said that the party has a dozen in-state candidates that are planning to run for office, including two possible contenders for U.S. Senate.

In order to remain a qualified party in future elections, the top LP candidate on the ballot must garner at least 10 percent of the vote, a steep hurdle for a party that drew one percent of the vote nationally in the 2012 presidential election. However, a bill that would reduce that threshold from 10 percent to 2.5 percent passed the Oklahoma Senate by a vote of 42-1 on March 10. It has been referred to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Barry Donegan, originally published on Truth in Media on March 21, 2016.

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106 comments
Terri Clark
Terri Clark

A completely rigged system. Just not sure how to fix it short of a REAL REVOLUTION

Vic Bogia
Vic Bogia

If the republican party screws Trump on this election I will vote for no republican again nor will I vote for a democrat again. I will vote libertarian or independent or some one else. I have had it with both of these parties.

Justin Ashbrook
Justin Ashbrook

No this year, Libertarians are on the ballot in all 50 states for the first time since 2000!

Ellen Joy
Ellen Joy

You know I think much depends upon WHO is paying for these primary elections. If the funding source is the general population of tax payers then EVERYONE should be able to cast a vote for one individual in the primary regardless of their political affiliation (and no affiliation should not bar them from casting a vote)

Anthony Brancato
Anthony Brancato

Congrats to the Libertarians in Oklahoma. And now we need a "Christian Democratic" party as well - one that consistently agrees with former SCOTUS justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who observed both that taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society, and that people should not be allowed to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Wesley Acker
Wesley Acker

Congratulations on this Libertarians! #AZRIGGED #ARIZONAELECTIONFRAUD

Julian Binns
Julian Binns

Another state controlled by the minority.

James Lauver
James Lauver

Time to eliminate the party's and the electoral voting system!

Jeff Patterson
Jeff Patterson

Time for some different crap. I hate the word ,"change" .

Chris Ingalls
Chris Ingalls

AMERICA: HOME Of The COWARDS And FOOLS! You and Hillary were for invading Iraq and over 7 trillion dollars later, of your money, you want her as your president? Now she wants the women that don't support her to feel guilty which should work well for the less intelligent. Bernie knows politics and stands strong! He would best serve the American people, male and female. Money buys lobbyists, votes and politicians. This is not a Democracy and our government does not represent the will of the people.The wealthiest 1% who don't bother to vote and with 70% of Americans wealth are running the show which is why most Democrats in Washington didn't support Obama during his first term. I stand with Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, "We're governed by an Oligarchy." I also stand with Elizabeth Warren, "The average employed American was taken for $45,000 last year alone." The number of Americans living in poverty will continue to grow while the middle class will continue to shrink and working women will continue to enrich the wealthiest 1% for the next 20 years easily! Able to afford the best and brightest, Hillary is a great political actor with a well rehearsed script. She will buy her way into the White House and along with Bill become a couple hundred million dollars richer! But we mustn't forget she will throw the females a bone!

Mario Ferreira
Mario Ferreira

Time for the Independent Party !! We are 43% of the Voters..

Claudia Chico Morales
Claudia Chico Morales

Libertarian=Capitalism on steroids with no regulations. Which is great for the corporations that want to subvert our Democracy.

Myk Halibut
Myk Halibut

Corporations only exist due to government intervention on the free market. A capitalist society is a voluntary society. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

The US is not a democracy for a very good reason–a constitutional republic will protect the rights of the individual far more effectively than a democracy could with its "mob rule" ideals. And Myk is right, if you want to blame someone for our current economic system of corporatism, look no further than the federal government.

TomMahon1
TomMahon1

Ms Morales

If the Libertarian Party is such a friend to corporations as you imply, why is it that the Libertarian Party never gets any money from Corporations?
In 2012, Gary Johnson ran a Presidential Campaign that netted 1.3 million votes on 3.8 million dollar in donations. 99% of those donations came from small donors.
On the other hand, the R's and D's had nearly 1 billion dollars EACH, in donations. Most of which came from Corporate PACS.

Soooo....riddle me this again? Who are the corporations using as a portal to subvert the democracy?

The Demopublicans to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars? or the Libertarians? To the tune of less than spare change?

John R Tessin
John R Tessin

They are looking for a way out of the insane mess they have elected.

rhoner
rhoner

Kudos to Oklahoma for their reasonable approach to ballot access.  I hope other states follow their example.

Alan Kirby
Alan Kirby

How much did that cost the Koch brothers.?

Lenny Bune
Lenny Bune

Oklahoma has a demon statue symbolising their government. Apparently the devil is warming up to libertarians. I'm not sure this is good or bad.

Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith

I understand in 2008 Ralph Nader filed a lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma because that state, and I am sure others do it too, would not allow anyone who was not sponsored by the Democratic - Republican Party to be on the Presidential Ballot. I never heard if that lawsuit was ever completed. Having the "Libertarian" Party on the ballot certainly does not correct that problem. It just adds another Party which only represents the rich people. David Koch ran on Libertarian ticket for Vice President in 1980 election. The "Libertarian" party is a shill for the Koch's and their rich buddies. That is not any party which I want to be on any ballot. What we Really need is to really support the Real Election Reform which is one of the things which Started Our Campaign for The American People (http://www.MySpace.com/DwightStanfordSmith) in 1950, which will make the Presidential Election a Real Non-Partisan National Election, instead of what we have now and will continue to have until Our Campaign is successful, which is a so-called "Presidential Election" run exclusively by and for a Party (which is a PRIVATE organization which claims to represent a small minority of The American People, but only really represents The Party), and each State runs the so-called Presidential Election completely differently. In case you have not looked up the details, the final vote for the President is actually cast by the Governors of each State, and they have no obligation to even vote for someone on the ballot, though so-far they have.

Jerry Nichols
Jerry Nichols

I am surprised that this still exists after the rise of the Tea Party, There all just cheap assed Republicans anyway.

Pluribus Party
Pluribus Party

Glad to see a third party getting a little love (or at least, recognition). Would love also to see approval voting implemented so one can vote for a third party without fear of cancelling out another vote or feeling that your vote is "wasted."

Laura Brann
Laura Brann

Should be able to have Independent on the ballot,also, as many of us are honestly Independents, but have to vote Democratic to even get close to our views.

Taylor Hedlesky
Taylor Hedlesky

I am a libertarian supporting Bernie Sanders this time around, though I was for Ron Paul while he was running. A lot of people think Bernie is "pro-Big Gov" and Fed, however he helped push to audit the Fed and wants to cut substantially more government programs than creating them and would actually decrease overall size of government. He wants to add some programs that help the public good like road development and healthcare. The presence of the corporate oligarch is a much larger hidden government that he wants to get rid of and I consider them the primary governmental threat to civil and individual liberties. It is nice to see the libertarian party finally getting some recognition.

Dan Woodward
Dan Woodward

Well no libertarian has ever even come close, just wasted votes

Mark Reeser
Mark Reeser

What a dem/repub vote besides a vote for more of the same? Talk about a wasted vote. BAAA

Dan Woodward
Dan Woodward

It's not false or damaging to his character, it's an obvious statement of fact

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

I'm happy(er) people have more choice than less, but realistically, a third party election or even a serious third party bid for election are long ways off. I used to vote Libertarian as an undergrad in what was more or less a protest vote, rather than an endorsement of a particular libertarian candidate or the Libertarian Platform generally. But that was a throwaway vote. Esp when I lived in MI, a very blue state. I functionally gave my vote to whoever was running on the D ticket, despite not actually endorsing a D candidate since Bill (incidentally, my first vote as an adult, and one I came to regret during my first enlistment as I discovered C130s held together with duct tape and young enlisted families living on food stamps).

Mitchell Koller
Mitchell Koller

So rather than vote with your true beliefs, you just vote the mainstream because you're outnumbered? ...dear god. \U0001f623

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

Is that what I said? I don't recall stating anything here about my 'true beliefs' or feeling outnumbered. What I did state here was that I used to vote libertarian as a sort of protest vote, and that I felt no third party had a real chance of getting elected anytime soon. Would you like to comment on any of those? Or, as is custom on FB and most other places on the net, would you prefer to have an argument with a misunderstanding/yourself?

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

If everyone thinks that a third party vote is a waste, then it will be. That is exactly the type of thinking that has led us into the rabbit's hole of only having two parties from which to choose. Lead by example. It starts with one.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

Yes. A problem as large as the one you're discussing is addressable and addressed by the correct attitude, and that attitude is one of positivity towards a third party with an almost virtually unimplementable platform. Got it. Thanks. Now everything makes sense. When everyone is done trying to be clever, talk about things they don't quite get (to each other, and to people who've spent most of their adult life working for different agencies within the federal government), then maybe we can have a real world, down to earth conversation. 'Til then, cheers.

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

I've actually spent the vast majority of my life working for the federal government. But if you feel the best way forward is to continually back the establishment because America hasn't magically shat out a third party candidate that isn't a "waste of a vote", then by all means, have at it. I'm just over here trying to actually change things, that's all.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

So I do the best I can by my tribe. I ain't trying to put the system on trial. Cos that don't accomplish nothin'! I steer the machine when I can where I can in the direction of a positive outcome for the people I serve.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

Again, with whom are you having this disagreement? It seems you're entering things into 'evidence,' addressing them, and I can't seem to find where in my posts I've actually said what you're attributing to me (attribution by virtue of your responses). At no point have I written anything about a waste of a vote, magical shat, the way forward, and so on. I stated, and will do so again to make clear, I used to vote Libertarian as a protest vote way back when when I was an undergrad, and as of right this moment I don't believe any third party candidate has a shot in hell of winning a major federal election. If you have some evidence to the contrary, I welcome it. I'm not interested in an echo chamber, but I'm not interested in being your straw man either. I would suggest, though, that as a member of the federal government you must have some insight into the whats and wherefores of policy/procedure/protocol and function. Further, you know that each are not addressable in any meaningful way by rigid application of a political philosophy. Say what you will of the system and structure in place, it is this machine, with all its flaws, that permits and makes possible your way of life, and by almost any comparison to 99.9% of humanity from this point back to when our ancestors decided on a terrestrial existence, this life is pretty damn easy and good.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

Oh, right, I did state that in the state of MI a vote for a Libertarian candidate was a throwaway vote, as it was basically a vote for whoever was running on the D ticket. But that statement has nuance your rejoinder didn't seem to address.

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

You literally said that your libertarian vote was a throwaway vote. You're stating that because none of them can win, that you won't vote for them. Essentially, you're saying that whomever the media crowns as the winner from the get-go will have your vote. You've sold out. It's people like you that make it impossible for the third party to gain a foothold.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

I just replied to that. And no, I didn't essentially say that. That is what you're getting through whatever filters take what's written on the page to the parts of your brain assigning meaning. So, once more, you're not really having a disagreement with me. You're disagreeing with some figment of your imagination. I just said it? I actually said it at 1240 pm yesterday afternoon. I've sold out? How so? To whom? For what? Do I have some gain of which I'm not aware and of which you are aware? Interesting. I make it impossible for a third party to get a foothold? You're attributing quite a bit of power to me, sir.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

I'm not ego-invested in this matter, as you, sir, seem to be by your responses. I made a couple simple, straight-forward, non-controversial claims. One about my voting patterns 15-20 years ago, why I thought I was voting that way, and that I now think a third party candidate is unviable in a federal election. Do you have something to say about any of that? Preferably about the last part. Because the other parts you couldn't possibly know much about.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

I'm not going to chase you around to have a discussion. This isn't all that interesting to me. FB discussions just aren't interesting, generally speaking, because the people participating in them have no clue what they're talking about, and have no reason to believe they do by dint of their educations, vocations, and experiences. I won't be playing the enter this bumper sticker slogan that makes everything in the universe better, and then press [CHEER] or [BOO] game with you or anyone else. You want to have some discussion of substance, something actually addressing the simple things I've stated about third party success in general federal elections, I'm happy to field your questions. But I ain't doin' this, bud. I got better things to do with my time. You know. Like plot how to take out a second mortgage on my soul for two-party system money, or whatever.

Wesson E Gaige
Wesson E Gaige

Aaron Virkler So voting for the lesser of 2 evils is not a waste of a vote? Your thinking is what keeps us evil.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

I don't think Aaron's voting patterns or ways of thinking have much of an evil impact. No more than that of anyone else. I assume he's a young man, probably well-intended, maybe a lil' bit unnecessarily truc given the content and venue. Seems military, probably junior enlisted, though maybe lower to middle NCO, but I can't be entirely sure (as lots of folks assume that bearing as part of their online identity). But hey, he seems nice enough. At some point, as we grow and experience the world, we come to understand--if we're introspect and given to honest appraisal of ourselves and our relationship to everything else--that there's more to the world than our narratives and philosophies.

Jimison Taylor Hutchinson
Jimison Taylor Hutchinson

And till there's a revolution putting disabled vet philosopher kings in charge, that's plenty good for me and mine.