What could induce me suddenly to hate Oklahoma?
I received my absentee ballot in the mail today, only to discover that
A) Oklahoma has only two candidates (parties) on the ballot.
B) There is no place to write in a vote.
So I did some research.
It turns out, Oklahoma's ballot access laws are ridiculous. (see http://www.okvoterchoice.org/obar_10reasons.pdf for a summary)
A) Oklahoma requires ten times the number of signatures that other states require to get a third party on the ballot.
B) Oklahoma is one of only five states that does not allow write-ins.
What to do now?
This ballot forces me only three options:
1) Vote Obama
2) Vote McCain
3) Don't vote
I cannot willfully opt for any of these three choices, but as an Oklahoman I am cornered.
And it is too late for me to register to vote in Texas, where I am currently living as a student.
I hate this.
Posted on Wed, October 8, 2008
by Hannah Decker filed under