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CURRENT LEGISLATION: House Bill 1072

    * House Bill 1072 passes the Oklahoma House 86-5 and the Senate 46-0.
    * SB 28/HB 1359 (SB 28 introduced Jan. 5, 2007)
    * View the 2006 Legislative Packet (pdf)

OBAR 10 Reasons pdf sheet!
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OBAR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS & MEDIA COVERAGE

    See OBAR coalition members and supporters with contact information.
    The Oklahoman Supports OBAR's Petition!
     See over 50 Oklahoma Media Mentions on ballot access



PREVIOUS LEGISLATION:

    * 2007 Initiative Petition Collects Over 14,000 Signatures
    * 2007 Bills: SB 28 and HB 1359 (PDF)
    * SB 28/HB 1359 (introduced in 2007)
    * HB 1429 (introduced in 2005, pdf)
    * HB 2654 (introduced in 2002)
    * HB 1742 (1999)

    * Draft Bill 1 (a proposed bill submitted by one of the members of the coalition)
    * Draft Bill 2 (a proposed bill submitted by one of the members of the coalition)


A BRIEF HISTORY OF OKLAHOMA BALLOT ACCESS COURT RULINGS AND MOMENTS

    * A majority of the US Supreme Court express support for attempts to strike down restrictive ballot access laws in Oklahoma Libertarian case. (2005)

    * Oklahoma Ballot Access Reform Bill (HB 1429) introduced by Representative Marian Cooksey. (2005)

    * 98.3% of Americans saw Badnarik's name on the ballot for president. But only Oklahomans could not vote for him. (2004)

    * SB 358 moves the deadline for petitions to form a party from May 31 to May 1. (2003)

    * "No state which required more than 5,000 signatures, ever had as many as 9 candidates on the ballot"

    * Reform Party is put on registration forms after waiting 18 months. (1997)

    * Reform Party sues to be put on voter registration forms. (1996)

    * U.S. District Court rules that Oklahoma must let voters register as Libertarians, and that elections officials must keep track of such voters. (1996)

    * The 10th circuit ruled that Oklahoma may ban write-ins for president at the general election. (1995)

    * US district judge said Oklahoma's ballot access law is "more severe" than in any other state and violates the Libertarian Party's First Amendment right of political association, as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. (1984)



Why was Oklahoma ballot access made so restrictive?

In 1968 the American Independent candidate received 20.3% of the Oklahoma vote. Concerned state politicians voted to restrict third party access in 1974, perhaps fearing the results of weak Democratic support in 1976 (George McGovern, ended up with only 24% of the Oklahoma vote). See the 1976 court case when American Party presidential candidate, Thomas Anderson, challenged Oklahoma's laws, which were tailored to keep Oklahomans from exercising voter choice.


2006 REFORM EFFORT:

    * View the 2006 Legislative Packet (pdf)
    * Contact your Legislative candidates before the elections
    * Endorse Reform: endorsement form (pdf)


WORKING WITH THE LEGISLATURE:

    * Find out who reprsents you in the state legislature
    * Track a bill in the state legislature