Posts tagged: Oklahoma

Apr 26 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Reform Bill Can’t Pass This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

Oklahoma SB 668 lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party in midterm years, from 5% of the last presidential vote, to 5% of the last gubernatorial vote. Even though it had passed the Senate unanimously, and had passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously, it failed to be brought up on the House floor by the April 24 deadline. Read more »

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Apr 02 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Advances

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 2, the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee passed SB 668 unanimously. It has no effect on the number of signatures needed for a newly-qualifying party in presidential years. But it lowers the number in midterm years, so that if the bill becomes law, the two types of years will have an equal signature burden (5% of the last gubernatorial vote). Read more »

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Mar 24 2013

Oklahoma Bill Defeated, Would Have Required Candidates to File in January for the June Primary

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 5, the Oklahoma Senate defeated SB 275 by a vote of 23 “yes” to 22 “no”. The Senate has 48 members, and bills need 25 votes to pass. The bill would have moved the deadline for candidates to file for the (non-presidential) June primary, from the 2nd Wednesday in April, to the 2nd Monday in January. The bill would have made the same deadline change for non-presidential independent candidates. Read more »

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Mar 21 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 18, SB 668 moved to the House Judiciary Committee. It lowers the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties in midterm years somewhat, but does not reduce the number in presidential years. SB 668 had passed the Senate in February.

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Mar 16 2013

Region 7 Report To LNC

Source: Independent Political Report

Region 7 Report.
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas.
March 16-17, 2013.
By Gary Johnson and Paulie Frankel.
Alabama.

The Libertarian Party of Alabama will hold its next state convention on Saturday, June Read more »

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Mar 06 2013

Matt Pinnell, Foe of Ballot Access Reform, Won’t Seek Another Term as Chair of Oklahoma Republican Party

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 6, Oklahoma Republican Party state chair Matt Pinnell said he won’t seek another term as state chair. The Republican Party will choose a new chair at its state convention on April 20. Pinnell has aggressively sought to prevent Republican state legislators from easing Oklahoma ballot access ever since he became state chair in 2010.

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Feb 27 2013

Oklahoma Senate Unanimously Passes Weak Ballot Access Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 27, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously passed SB 668, which eases ballot access for newly-qualifying parties in midterm years, but does not reduce the number of signatures in presidential years. Current law says the number of signatures is 5% of the last vote cast. If the bill passes in this form, the law would require 5% of the last gubernatorial vote. For 2014, the number of signatures would change from 66,744 to Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Strong Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Advances

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 20, the Oklahoma House Rules Committee passed HB 2134. The vote was 7-0 and the Committee did not amend the bill. The bill lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party to exactly 5,000 signatures.

Two years ago, the same Committee also passed a similar bill (HB 1058), but first amended it to raise it to 22,500 signatures. Thus, it appears the Oklahoma House is more Read more »

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Feb 18 2013

Hearing Set for Strong Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

The Oklahoma House Rules Committee will hear HB 2134 on Wednesday, February 20, at 9 a.m. This is the bill to lower the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party to 5,000 signatures. Thanks to E. Zachary Knight for this news.

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Feb 15 2013

Weak Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Passes Senate Rules Committee

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 13, Oklahoma SB 668 passed the Senate Rules Committee. It changes the number of signatures needed for a newly-qualifying party for midterm years from 66,744 signatures to 51,739 signatures. It has no effect on the number of signatures needed in presidential election years.

It also provides that if there is a dispute on who has authority to act for a Read more »

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