Initiative Petition Amended

Monday, October 15th 2007, 9:37 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A coalition of small political parties that wants easier access to Oklahoma election ballots has filed an amended initiative petition.

Supporters say the amended version filed on Monday will boost the measure's chance of being approved by voters.

The petition is supported by members of the Constitution, Libertarian and Green parties as well as independents.

The goal is to give Oklahoma voters more choice and give so-called third parties a better foothold to make changes in Oklahoma government.

As amended, the petition would require political parties to receive 2 percent of the vote for any statewide office in any two consecutive general elections to retain official recognition.

Currently, a political party must obtain the signatures of registered voters equal to 5 percent of the total vote in the last gubernatorial or presidential election in order to gain official recognition and ballot access.