Saturday, February 20, 2016

Libertarian Party Succeeds To Oklahoma Ballot

Option 'C' will be on the Oklahoma General Election Ballot

  The Libertarians are excited about their return to the Oklahoma election ballot.  They reached a unique status partly due to their cooperative arrangement in gathering signatures. Evidently, they agreed to provide Green Party petitions at their signature drive locations, and the Green Party of Oklahoma, in turn, made the Libertarian Party petitions available in similar signature drive efforts.

Earlier this week they released the following statement:

Libertarians on Oklahoma ballots for the first time in 16 years!

Press Conference and Filing of Petition To Form a Political Party February 22, 2016
  Next Monday, the OKLP will file over 42,000 signatures with the State Election Board as the final act in their efforts to be recognized as a political party. Vice Chair Tina Kelly says, " 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. The message of "Minimum Government. Maximum Freedom" resonates with those of us who believe in personal responsibility. We want to be left alone to live our lives without government interference and just as importantly we want the same thing for our neighbors."
..the OKLP leadership delivered the simple, direct and personal message;
 "We want to vote too!" 
on behalf of all Oklahomans disenfranchised by the current punitive ballot access laws.
  Kelly goes on to say, "Candidates from all levels of government are reaching out to us with their intentions to seek office as Libertarians. 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."
  It's been 16 years since the OKLP successfully navigated the barriers to ballot access here in the heartland. To our shame, Oklahoma has repeatedly been in the national spotlight for having the worst political access laws in the country. Chair of the Libertarian National Committee Nicholas Sarwark and Libertarian National Director Wes Benedict will fly in to take part in Monday's press conference and to mark the national significance of the success of the OKLP petition.
  "For decades, the Libertarian Party has fought to give Oklahomans the political choice that almost all Americans enjoy," said Libertarian National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark. "Thanks to the signatures of over 42,000 Oklahomans who demand better political options, Oklahomans will have a Libertarian choice on their ballots in 2016."
  "I'd like to thank the legislature for reducing our signature requirements. But Oklahoma is still the most difficult state for ballot access. This is America. Let Libertarians run for office, and let the people decide who to vote for." said Libertarian Party National Director, Wes Benedict:
  Eight months ago the OKLP leadership delivered the simple, direct and personal message, "We want to vote too!" on behalf of all Oklahomans disenfranchised by the current punitive ballot access laws. On Monday these same leaders celebrate the successful completion of their petition drive with a renewed sense of purpose. Now more than ever they are committed to restoring government to its proper role by expanding the party's usefulness as a tool in the hands of those dedicated to preserving the American ideal.

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