Dear Fellow Americans and Oklahomans:
The Constitution Party does not have ballot access for Oklahoma and write-ins are not allowed there. Please write to Ohio’s political leaders and tell them how you feel about this. Please tell them write-ins should be allowed. Thanks!
Oklahoma does not allow write-ins which basically means you do not get a free election in that state! The state has decided upon 3 candidates you can vote for and you cannot vote for anyone else.
Oklahoma Election Law: At the very botton is the write-in law. A little higher, it says you can only vote for a Republican, a Democrat or a Libertarian. In Oklahoma, you cannot legally vote for a write-in candidate, a Green Party candidate, Constitution Party candidate, an Independent American Candidate or a candidate from any other political party.
All other states, 49 of 50 states, allow you to vote at least for officially registered write-in candidates. The other 49 states will allow their citizen voters to choose (by official ballot access or after official write-in registration, as a write-in):
- Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party)
- Donald Trump (Republican Party)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
- Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
- Jill Stein (Green Party)
- Evan McMullin (running independently without a national party but as part of a party in one state, to date)
- Gloria La Riva (Socialism & Libertation Party)
- Rocky de la Fuente (Reform Party)
- Emidio Soltysik (Socialist Party)
- Alyson Kennedy (Socialist Workers Party)
I am of the persuasion that in any state, one should get all of these choices.
What can you do about it? Do the following:
Contact the media and everyone you can about this:
- -newspapers both online and print
- -tevision news stations
- -talk shows
- -radio talk show hosts
- -book authors
- -your neighbors
- -your social media followers
- -your friends and family
“Election laws are part of the Oklahoma State Statutes and are therefore set by the state Legislature with the Governor ultimately signing any legislation that is approved by the legislature. The specific section of the law you would want to reference when contacting your legislators about write-in voting is Title 26 Section 7-127. The section on political parties is Title 26 Sections 1-107, 1-108 and 1-109.” (Source: E-Mail response from Bryan Dean, Public Information Officer, Oklahoma State Election Board. Thank you, Bryan Dean!)
Your State House Representative and Your State Senator Enter address in OK here to find out who yours are. Even if they are not aware of it, they make the laws so it is their job to change the laws about elections. They need to add the other small parties to the recognized parties list. They need to make write-ins legal. This may not happen until it is too late for the 2016 election, but at least have them change the law for future elections. Not recognizing the Green Party, The Constitution Party and the Independent Amercian Party while recognizing only the Democrat, Republican and Libertarian Party is unconstitutional because it is telling citizens who they can and cannot vote for. That is what Communist nations do and it is not liberty or freedom!
Contact Governor Mary Fallin. Let her know you are angry about this so that she will be moved to talk to the State House and the State Senate about this. Contact the Oklahoma Supreme Court, whose job it is to interpret the constitution, can help your State House and State Senate see that the laws which are in place against write-ins are unconstitutional. (See Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. Listen to this audio file about ballot access and freedom in elections: Free and Fair Elections.