In the News

Over the years, a number of news organizations have published articles and favorable editorials about ballot-access reform. We would like to give those publications the recognition they deserve. We will publish links and brief descriptions here as we find them.

News

Associated Press

June 16, 2015: Libertarians, Green Party seek access to Oklahoma ballot

Tulsa World

June 16, 2015: Libertarians, Green Party seek access to Oklahoma ballot  (via Associated Press)

The Journal Record

June 16, 2015: Libertarians, Green Party seek access to Oklahoma ballot

The Oklahoman

May 14, 2015: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs ballot access bill

KGOU

June 16, 2015: Libertarians, Greens partner over ballot access

OETA

June 19, 2015: Ballot Access Reform

Editorials

The Oklahoman

Ideas to improve voter turnout merit Oklahoma lawmakers’ attention – Jan. 30, 2015: The Oklahoman supports a wide array of legislation aimed at increasing voter turnout.

Online voter registration proposal for Oklahoma merits consideration – Nov. 18, 2014: The Oklahoman writes about its support for an online voter registration proposal.

For some, a glimmer of good news from Oklahoma’s low voter turnout – Nov. 13, 2014: The Oklahoman discusses the low voter turnout and its positive impact on future petitions for party access and initiative petitions.

Oklahoma initiative petition process needs to change – Oct. 26, 2014: The Oklahoman speaks out against the harsh requirements to get an initiative petition on the ballot.

Oklahoma should make ballot access easier for third parties – Dec. 11, 2012: The Oklahoman specifically calls for a reduction in the signatures needed to form a new party.

For third parties, maybe 2010 – May 23, 2009: The Oklahoman laments the failure of HB1072 to pass into law.

Party push: Taking a small step for ballot access – Mar. 2, 2009: The Oklahoman expresses support for HB1072 while also noting that the written language of the bill is still too burdensome.

Barr fight: Ballot access is candidate’s focus – Jul. 17, 2008: The Oklahoman mentions how difficult it is for an Independent or alternative presidential candidate to get on the ballot.

Scissor Tales: Saturday, January 19, 2008: The Onlahoman calls for the Legislature to put ballot access reform on the ballot as a state question.

ScissorTales: Party poppers – Sep. 22, 2007: The Oklahoman talks about OBAR’s effort to get ballot access on the state ballot as a state question.

Direct democracy: Is ballot access too limited? – Jun. 25, 2007: The Oklahoman speaks out against a law banning out of state petitioners. The law was later struck down in the courts.

Foiled again: Access reformers lose another round – Jun. 4, 2007: The Oklahoman talks about the Libertarian party’s loss in the courts over Oklahoma’s harsh ballot access laws.

‘High burden’: Fighting for ballot access – Mar. 21, 2007: The Oklahoma talks about a Libertarian legal challenge to Oklahoma’s high ballot access requirements.

Glass half full for independents – Nov. 3, 2006: The Oklahoman recognizes the importance of Independent candidatess in elections.

Tulsa World

Reduce the threshold for ballot access – May 12, 2015: The Tulsa world calls on Governor Fallin to sign HB2181 into law. They also express disappointment that the law did not keep the 1% requirement.

Proposal for easier ballot access would strengthen elections – Feb. 20, 2015: The Tulsa World supports HB2181, a bill that would reduce the party petitioning requirement to 1% of the last governors election.

Comprehensive set of state election law changes deserves legislative consideration – Jan. 24, 2015: The Tulsa World supports a wide assortment of election reform bills introduced in 2015.

Editorial: Lower requirement for political party recognition – Apr. 7, 2014: The Tulsa World calls on the Legislature to pass HB2134 to reform Oklahoma’s ballot access laws.

Enid News

Oklahoma’s presidential candidate choices are hindered by restrictive ballot access laws – Sep. 20, 2012: The Enid News talks about Oklahoma’s harsh ballot access laws limiting the number of candidates on the Presidential ballot.

Edmond Sun

OUR VIEW: Ballot process needs some changes – Nov. 15, 2014: The Edmond Sun supports the idea that if only two candidates, regardless of party, are in a race for office, both candidates more directly to the November election.

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