Bills to lower the amount of signatures needed to become a recognized party in Alabama and Oklahoma, two of the most difficult states for ballot access, will be voted on this week.
In Alabama, SB 211 would cut the amount of required signatures in half, from 3% of the last general election’s gubernatorial vote to 1.5%. This would lower the amount of signatures needed to become a party from 35,413 to 17,707.
In Oklahoma, SB 2181 would lower the amount of required signatures from the current standard of 5% of the last general election’s top-of-the-ticket vote to 3%. This would reduce the amount necessary to become a party from 41,188 to 24,712.
Thanks to Richard Winger, editor and publisher of Ballot Access News, for his help with this post.