“Oklahomans are growing increasingly uneasy about the Republican / Democratic Party duopoly, which acts to commercialize elections, gerrymander districts to repress competition, and preclude third party candidates from ballot access. Democratic theory, which relies on the selection of a candidate from competing ideologies, withers and dies when only one name appears on the ballot, as in 53 out of 125 Oklahoma state legislative races this year.
Ralph Nader wrote his first article on Republican and Democratic tactics of impeding competition from third parties in the Harvard Law Record in 1958. Little could he have known that conditions would substantially worsen over the next 50 years.
Oklahoma is widely recognized as having the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country, despite a large majority of its citizens supporting ballot access reform. Despite more than 40% of legislative incumbents drawing no challengers, it would require a petition with roughly 100,000 signatures for a third party to get a candidate on the ballot.”
The speaking engagement will be at the Oklahoma City Marriott on NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. It starts at 7pm on Wednesday, September 8. You should definitely try to be there if you care at all.