The national Libertarian Party, some months ago, determined to do everything in its power to get its presidential nominee on the ballot in all states except West Virginia and Oklahoma. The latter two states were deemed too expensive. Oklahoma requires 43,913 for a presidential candidate of an unqualified party, and West Virginia requires 15,118.
The Bob Barr campaign has raised enough money to attempt the West Virginia petition. The drive starts on July 9. The deadline is August 1. Concerning Oklahoma, Barr expects to bring a lawsuit, which may include other presidential candidate-plaintiffs as well. Oklahoma lets any independent candidate on the November ballot with no petition whatsoever, unless the candidate is running for president. Yet Oklahoma requires 43,913 for an independent presidential candidate, or for the presidential nominee of an unqualified party. This policy contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court decision Anderson v Celebrezze, which says that states have less valid interest in keeping presidential candidates off the ballot, than they do in keeping candidates for other office off the ballot. The Court said this is because a presidential election is a national concern that transcends the concerns of any particular state.