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Oregon Ballot Access Bills Have Hearing

Published on March 30, 2009, by in General.

On March 31, the Oregon Senate Elections Committee holds a hearing on two bills to improve independent candidate ballot access. They are SB 326 and SB 353. SB 326 repeals the law (passed in 2005) that says primary voters can’t sign for an independent petition. SB 353 reduces the number of signatures for independent candidates from 1% of the last presidential vote to one-half that amount. Thanks to Dan Meek for this news.

The 2005 bill, restricting who can sign an independent candidate petition, was passed in a fit of pique by certain legislators who didn’t like Ralph Nader. Nader had tried to petition as an independent candidate in Oregon in 2004, before the restriction had been passed. Even though his 2004 independent petition failed, people who didn’t like his 2004 run for president were so opposed to his candidacy, that in a fit of emotion, they made independent candidate access more difficult.

4 Responses

  1. SEbastian

    And elected public servants are SUPPOSED to be on the people’s side. They represent us, not political parties and not corporations, but the people.

  2. Matthew

    The democratic party is sad, really sad. What do the anti-war Obama supporters think of his 17,000 soldier troop surge in Afghanistan? Hope? Change? WE NEED MORE CHOICES AND VOICES, not less!

  3. Chris Brown

    I’m one of them, and I’m not happy.

  4. Derek

    I believe that in any state, if you get 1% or more in a statewide election, you should get ballot access for 4 years.

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