Oklahoma House Rejects the Senate Amendments that Degraded the Ballot Access Bill

On May 2, the Oklahoma House rejected the Senate amendments to HB 1058. HB 1058 is the bill that was introduced in 2011 in the House to ease ballot access for newly-qualifying parties. As passed last year in the House, the bill cut the number of signatures from 5% of the last vote cast (currently 51,739 signatures) to exactly 22,500. This year the Senate passed the bill, but amended it so it does not decrease the number of signatures at all in presidential years; as amended, all the bill does is cut the number of signatures in mid-term years.

The action of the House, on May 2, 2012, rejecting the Senate amendments, is a good sign. It seems to show the House still likes the original House version, which is a much better version. The House has appointed its members to a Conference Committee.


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