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Oklahoma House Elects New Speaker Who Has Been Champion of Ballot Access Reform

On February 10, the Oklahoma House elected a new Speaker, Representative Jeff Hickman (R-Alva). In 2013, he was the lead sponsor of HB 2134, which lowered the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party from 5% of the last vote cast, to exactly 5,000 signatures. His 2013 bill is still alive. During 2013, it passed the House Rules Committee but did not advance any further. Thanks to E. Zachary Knight for this news.

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