Oklahoma update

Thanks to our donors and more petitioners, we have continued the Oklahoma petition drive.

Since we are going forward with the drive, I need your help to pay to finish it.

Please click here to donate.

I’d especially like to thank Michael Chastain, of Austin, Texas, for mailing a $4,000 check towards the Oklahoma petition drive. His quick response to my last email for support (telling me a check was on the way) gave me the energy to push forward.

About three weeks ago, I wrote about theĀ serious help we needed for Oklahoma.

After trying to avoid the cost of a trip to Oklahoma, I finally decided I needed to visit Oklahoma to see the petition drive directly. I needed to see if I thought things could be improved, or if I thought we should just shut it down.

We had been hearing about how hard it was to find petitioners and good places to petition, among other problems, and I wanted to take a closer look at all aspects of the petition drive for myself. Our ballot access committee chair, William Redpath, had been urging me to go for several days.

I finally went to Oklahoma, and here’s what I found:

  • We had a great organizer in Oklahoma, the OKLP Vice Chair, Tina Kelly.
  • The alleged stack of over 11,000 signatures actually existed and appeared to be legitimate. (Not that I had serious doubts, but it’s always good to see them for yourself.)
  • Tina’s son had recently put the registered voter database online to help with verifying the signatures.
  • The LP Kentucky’s former state chair, Ken Moellman, was ready to help more with the registered voters database.
  • There was an ice storm the day I arrived, but of course we weren’t going to be able to do anything about the weather.
  • We didn’t have near enough petitioners collecting signatures.
  • One of our professional petitioners, Paul Frankel, was willing to help get more petitioners on the job, but needed some help getting a makeshift office running in his motel room.

We can hope for help on the legal front, we can hope for good weather, and we can hope that more places would

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