by James M. Branum

Email I received from OK State Rep. Wallace Collins about ballot access

with 2 comments

I got this email back from State Rep. Wallace Collins in response to my email asking him to support ballot access reform. Stunning to see a politician state straight up that new political parties should have not have the right to exist. I urge anyone who lives in his district to vote for someone else in the next election…

Dear Mr. Branum– Thank you for your email regarding ballot access. Under current law, Oklahoma has a closed primary system, which means that only party members get to vote in the party primaries. I agree with that system. All registered voters can vote in the general election, regardless of how you are registered. I’m sure you already know this. I believe that a person wanting to change the system should work within their preferred party, rather than try to start a new party. As you know, there are provisions for an independent candidate to run, which is fine with me.

If you are a member of the “Green Party” I think you should look at which other party is closest to your beliefs, and work within that party to promote your beliefs. For people that want to start other parties, and make our ballots accessible to any and all segments that want to start splinter groups, I would ask you to look at Italy, and compare them to the USA. Since World War II, Italy has formed about 150 different governments, where we have only had one in our 233 years of existence. Italy has ballot access to about anyone, and is very fragmented, usually needing coalitions to form a majority government. I happen to think our system is better, even though I do believe we have had some scandal in our experience.

I do believe you do have a choice in Oklahoma, as I have had two elections with a third party candidate in the race.

I happen to believe that the Green Movement is a good thing, but I believe the supporters can find candidates within the current system. As an independent, you can only vote on someone else’s choice of a candidate, you don’t get to help pick the candidate.

Thank you again for your email and your input. Wallace


Written by James M. Branum

February 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

2 Responses

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  1. Great,

    “sorry you don’t get to support the political party that has the same values as you do. But feel free to get a party that sorta/kinda/halfway fits some of what’s important to you….”

    Change in Oklahoma, that’s what we need.

    Marcus Kesler

    February 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

  2. That same old ballot crowding causing political instability dose of dirt in the eyes. Most people don’t know that CIA and MI6 tricks played a major role in Italy’s political ‘instability’. Other multi-party democracies just seem to keep hanging in there in Italy today and elsewhere. Sometimes…usually…three is not enough to stop stick a runaway police state.

    California was unstable before 135 candidates were on the recall election ballot there in 2003. How do they like their two-party stability now?

    I pity fools like Mr. Wallace, but I don’t forgive their superficiality and thin veneers over their biases. Too bad term limits only assure a rotation of idiots in office. I’m not usually this polite on the subject of partisan candidate ballot access restrictions.

    D Frank Robinson

    February 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

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