Ralph Nader to Promote Ballot Access Reform at Oklahoma City Rally

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Ralph Nader will speak in support of ballot access reform at an Oklahoma City rally on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The event will be hosted in the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom at 3233 Northwest Expressway.

Representatives of Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, the Green Party of Oklahoma, the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma and the newly-formed Pirate Party of Oklahoma, also said they will attend the event.

“Oklahoma presidential ballot access laws are among the strictest in the country,” said Christina Tobin, founder and chair of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation. “Oklahoma even forbids write-in votes. When I heard Oklahoma was a red state, I didn’t think it referred to the Soviet Union.”

“Oklahoma ballot access for president is so bad, no Oklahoma voter has been permitted to vote for anyone for President in the last 9 years except for the nominees of the two major parties,” said Richard Winger, publisher of Ballot Access News. “Oklahoma is the only state in which no one has ever been allowed to vote for Nader.”

“Oklahoma ballot access laws relating to independent presidential candidates are supremely irrational, because independent candidates for office other than president are very easy in Oklahoma, and the state has no problem with crowded general election ballots for any partisan office,” Winger said. “Independent candidates don’t need any signatures at all, unless they are running for President, in which case they need 43,880 valid signatures (for 2012).”

“This event and others like it provide a forum for like-minded voters to come together in a unified front to challenge the political status quo, which has long left many sooner state residents without the representation they desire and deserve,” Tobin said. “Free & Equal encourages Oklahoma to join the majority of states, which have adopted revenue-positive filing fees in lieu of revenue-negative signature requirements.”

Free and Equal Public Relations Director Kaylee Burton also will be on hand at the event to meet with voters who want to put a stop to more of the same duopoly that has long governed the state, and will interview Nader following the event, regarding ballot access, drug prohibition, the nationwide movement to legalize marijuana and war in general.

“Voter choice is long overdue in Oklahoma,” Burton said. “I grew up here … went to college here … and I’ll never forget the first time I heard about ballot access laws. It was like a slap upside the head to realize I had been conditioned to think Oklahoma elections were fair, only to find out that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s absurd the level of control Democrats and Republicans hold in this state and now that I’ve learned the truth, I want to help others to pull the wool back from their eyes.”

Free and Equal is organizing an all-inclusive back to back debate for governor and U.S. Senate candidates. All ballot-qualified candidates will be invited. Further details will be announced in the near future.

Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public.

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9 thoughts on “Ralph Nader to Promote Ballot Access Reform at Oklahoma City Rally

  1. Catholic Trotskyist

    The world economy destruction conspiracy of our fascist/stalinist criminal Ralph Nader, WHO FUNDS THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND ISRAELI GOVERNMENT THROUGH HIS BYZANTINE MACHINATIONS, IS GATHERING STEAM, BUT WITH THE HELP OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE SUPPORT OF CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, HINDUS AND AGNOSTICS AROUND THE WORLD, IT SHALL BE DEFEATED BY THE FORCES OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER AND OUR HOLY KENYAN-aMERICAN MESSENGER OF GOD, BARACK H. OBAMA, AMEN.

  2. Steven wilson

    It may not get any coverage, but Nader still has an eye for great moments for himself and for a cause. The guy has problems, but he still fights.

    Red October in Red Oklahoma, too early for Cheers.

  3. Michael H. Wilson

    It would be nice to be able to afford some billboards in neighboring states on highways coming into Oklahoma with a message promoting ballot access or some sarcasm such as “Welcome to OK where your election choices are limited to those approved by the government” and remind people that was the way it was in the old USSR.

  4. Green Party Conservative

    Good for the Green Party’s Ralph Nader.

    Howie Hawkins said in TV interview yesterday Green Party people are working to get Ralph to run for U.S. Senate as Green Party candidate in 2012…

    Maybe you should list Ralph with Green Party..

  5. Catholic Trotskyist

    GPC, how many times does Paulie have to correct you on this? Nader hasn’t been with the Green Party for 10 years. I guess it’s possible he may come back to run for Senate in Connecticut, but he is more likely to run Independent I think.

  6. paulie Post author

    He was never with the Green Party, just allowed them to endorse him back in the 1990s. Yes, 2000 was in the 1990s.

  7. Derek

    GPC,

    I really think Nader can have a good shot in Congressional runs. I see him running as an independent, with the backing of the Working Families and Greens. Does CT still have their sore loser law? The reason I ask is if they do, I wonder if he’ll run in the Democratic primary to get some free time and early exposure.

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