Sunday, January 09, 2011

Support OK House Bill 1058

The McCarville Report Online is reporting that State Representative Charles Key has filed two bills that would change Oklahoma election laws.

From the story –
House Bill 1057 would require political parties to pay for presidential primary elections.

House Bill 1058 would change the required number of signatures on a petition to get a political party on the ballot. The legislation would remove the 5 percent of total votes cast in the last general election and replace it with a requirement of 5,000 signatures from registered voters.

“When you look at all 50 states and their signature requirements, Oklahoma has either the worst or the second worst ballot access law in the country,” Key, R-Oklahoma City, said. “Historically, 5,000 votes were all that was needed to get a party on the ballot. For some reason, that changed in the 1970s. We now have a system based on a percentage that easily sets the requirement to be between 50,000 and 70,000 required signatures to get on the ballot. It’s the reason Oklahomans typically have only two choices for President. Most of the other states we have looked at for a comparison set their requirement at between 5,000 and 10,000 signatures.”

Key said that he was recently contacted by Marine Corps veteran Richard Prawdzienski, an Independent candidate in the 2010 election. Prawdzienski noted that a third party candidate would have to collect 73,135 validated signatures in order to run under the political banner of his choice rather than as an Independent.

“It is a shame that this veteran who sacrificed for his country was unable to run for office under a third party banner because of our near-impossible signature requirement,” Key said. “Mr. Prawdzienski and others believe it’s a matter of freedom and free speech – what veterans like him fought for.”
I fully support both of these proposed pieces of legislation and hope that they pass through Congress quickly and get the signature of Governor Fallin.

No comments: