SIGN HERE: Oklahoma’s Libertarians look to give voters another choice in ’16 election
Steve Long | September 11, 2015
EDMOND, Okla. — Ask anybody in the streets of Oklahoma their thoughts on the Oklahoma Libertarian Party and you are likely to get the response that they didn’t know there was a Libertarian Party in Oklahoma.
The fact is that, yes, there is a Libertarian Party in Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, those in charge down on 23rd and Lincoln have made it next to impossible for anybody to know about them. The Libertarian Party in Oklahoma has attempted for decades to gain official recognition in the State of Oklahoma and this upcoming election cycle just may be the year that they finally get the job done.
The last year that a Libertarian was on the ballot in the State of Oklahoma was 2000, when Harry Browne ran as a Libertarian against Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Ever since that election, the powers that be have decided that Oklahomans would be better off if they only had two choices on the Presidential ballot.
But do Oklahomans really just want two choices? Are Oklahomans really the same typical Coke or Pepsi political crowd? Not if the polls on party registration are any indication. In recent years, the percentage of people registering as Independents has been climbing while the percentage of people registering as Republicans and Democrats has been declining.
In fact, it has gotten so bad for the two major parties that the Oklahoma Democratic Party recently passed a resolution to allow Independents to vote in their primary elections.
It has become all by apparent that the two-party system is broken and Oklahomans are looking for another choice. The voters have gotten tired of the axiom that the government is the answer to all of society’s ills and they want a reduction in the size of government. They have grown weary of the government’s assault on individual liberty and constant surveillance into their private lives.
More than that, they want more choices at the ballot box.
To help make this a reality, the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma has been gathering signatures to gain official recognition in the State of Oklahoma and get their party on the ballot in 2016.