“As soon as several of the inhabitants
of the United
have conceived a sentiment or an idea that they want to produce in the
world, they seek each other out; and when they have found each other,
they unite. From then on, they are
no longer isolated men, but a power one sees from afar, whose actions
serve as an example…”
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Running for Office in 2010:
Filing Dates are June 7,8,9
More Candidates (pdf)
Act’ needs reform (pdf)
House Bill 2196
passes House, but needs to be
going forward because it protects
severely limiting challengers’ ability
to raise funds
and maybe even pay their filing fee.
● Tripartisanship: The Okahoman editorializes about
OKIES and the
increasing number of Independents.
More and More
more Oklahomans registered as
Independent since 2006. This was out of 13,564
registrations. Bringing the total
219,230, or 11%
● Thinking about running for office in
2008? See the
OKIES 2008 candidates and
● OKIES member Kim
Wright founds the
Independent Voters of Southwest Oklahoma
● Initiative Petition: Oklahomans for
Ballot Access Reform
voters more choices: www.OkVoterChoice.org
● The Sunday
Oklahoman covers efforts to increase voters’
● Are voters more
dissatisfied with major party politics?
Only 15% of voting age Oklahomans voted
in 2006 primary,
of registered voters, a fifty year low.
Also, three of four
legislative primary races went unopposed.
do we limit ourselves to only two choices?”
asks Jamie Lopp in a
letter to the Oklahoman.
● A Sunday
Oklahoman editorial on OKIES shows why
redistricting reform is needed. More background added here.
● Release: OKIES Support Redistricting Reform html / pdf
McMullen fights for Redistricting
Reform (HB 1937)
Gov. Henry says an Independent
Commission may help.
● OK House to have Saturday
“Access to our
state government shouldn’t be limited to
lobbyists and special interests,” said
Speaker Lance Cargill.
● Release: OKIES Supports Ballot Access Reform
html / pdf More
information at www.OkVoterChoice.org
● OKC- Tim
Russert says safe districts makes divisive politics
Oklahoma civics classes are not
teaching students how to
participate in government says
Center for Civic Education
● Ballot Access Reform
Bills Introduced. (1/10/07)
● OKIES Issues
page updated. (12/28/06)
interview (3 min) at the Capitol by OETA. (12/4/06)
● Three reasons
why Oklahoma needs more voter choice.
● OKIES in the Tulsa
● Legislators see problems with straight
ticket voting (11/28/06)
Tulsa article mentions OKIES. (11/15/06)
● Release: OKIES members bring up new issues: html / pdf
Who we are:
who want their voice heard in state and local government, but do not fit
into the two major parties.
What we stand for:
wants to bring more voter choice to Oklahoma. Coalition members have many different
views on specific policies, but all agree that a government
answerable to the people is essential.
What we are doing:
seeks to provide a voice for the 200,000 Independents across the state by
recruiting and supporting independent-minded candidates and promoting reform
that engages more voters in the
Virginia Independent probably decided
control of the
the power Independents can hold.
Oklahoma Democratic leader sounds
because six state House
seats were decided by a total
of only 802 votes.
● See 2006 Election Results
for Oklahoma Independents.
● The Sapulpa
Herald highlights Independents. (11/7/06)
● The Oklahoman
says our ballot access laws are too tough.
reasons to reform Oklahoma’s ballot access laws.
endorses pro-ballot access reform candidates.
Read the press
release: html / pdf. (11/1/06)
● OU Daily
article highlights Independents and the need
for ballot access
● OKIES member Richard Prawdzienksi says it is
“how our two-party power
structure forces both candidates
and voters into
undesirable positions” and that “with parties
of their own, the true
agenda of a candidate would stand out
clearly” in a Gazette
coverage of the formation of OKIES. (11/1/06)
● Oklahoma Coalition of Independents announces
in a statewide press release
FairVote.org ranks Oklahoma
(pdf) as having the most landslided Congressional races in the nation
and ranks us 42nd on their Democracy Index. (10/24/06)