Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sorry Oklahoma, You Can't Vote for Gary

Earlier this month, I wrote an article announcing that Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson had made it on the ballot in Oklahoma under the America’s Elect ballot line.
Unfortunately, he will not be on the ballot as hoped.

An article published yesterday by Daily Oklahoman's Michael McNutt states that Gary Johnson will NOT be on the ballot in Oklahoma this November.

According to the article, Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader stated that the national organization of America’s Elect did not authorize anybody to be on the ballot as President nor did it file any paperwork in order to be recognized as a political party in the state of Oklahoma.

Due to this information coming from the America’s Elect organization, the office of the Attorney General has ordered the State Election Board to remove Gary Johnson from the ballot this November.

This is party politics at its finest. I myself am a Republican but I am getting sick and tired of the games the GOP is playing. It has done disturbing things within its own party such as the rules violations at the Oklahoma State Convention and with the supporters of Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, as seen at its National Convention. But it also has thwarted every effort by the people of Oklahoma to be given a third choice in this year’s Presidential election.

The Republicans are so frightened that liberty-loving candidate Gary Johnson is going to steal votes away from them and hand Barack Obama the election that they are fighting at every angle to keep him off the ballot. This newest development is the latest example of the underhanded tactics of the state party to deny the voters of Oklahoma a real choice.


  1. Voting for Gary Johnson?

  2. I was going to vote for Gary since the GOP cheated Ron Paul out of the nomination. Now what? Obama is out of the question for me, so I guess that leaves Romney. Sad.

    1. Anonymous1:38 PM

      Voting for Romney just reinforces these tactics. I'm writing in Gary Johnson

  3. Rex Lawhorn7:14 PM

    That is what they are hoping for, texlahoma. They think they will get Gary's votes.

    I have to clear a couple of misunderstandings up, though. The state of Oklahoma had never actually approved his submission. They accepted the paperwork but waited until the 28th to decide that they weren't going to print him.

    Also, AE DID file paperwork and we ARE a recognized political party in Oklahoma. What they are now trying to claim is that we, the state party, do not have permission from the national party to act. Oklahoma law is very clear on this. State parties are autonomous, and we do not require national permission for anything. They are trying to claim that I am not an authorized representative, but they already accepted my authority. By law, an 'authroized representative' of the party must witness the counting of the signatures. I, Rex Lawhorn, was that authroized representative.

    The question becomes, what makes me not good enough now?

    1. Is there anything that can be done?