The Americans Elect Party had a short run in Oklahoma.
Several months after getting enough petitions to be recognized as a political party in the state, Oklahoma election officials voted Tuesday to no longer recognize it because it didn't field a candidate in the November general election.
Their decision leaves the Republican and Democratic parties as the only two recognized political parties to field candidates for partisan county, state and federal offices, including president.
Organizers of the political party in March succeeded in getting enough signatures of registered voters to have the party recognized, but then national party officials failed to nominate a presidential and vice presidential candidate.
State law requires that a political party's nominees for governor or presidential electors must receive at least 10 percent of the total votes cast for either office in a general election.
“The 10 percent requirement … is applicable to all recognized political parties, and a party's decision not to field candidates at a general election does not vary the requirement,” wrote senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Leader in a memorandum to the Election Board.
The Oklahoma Americans Elect Party tried to get the Libertarian Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates listed as their candidates on the Oklahoma ballot, but the state Supreme Court ruled in September that the state group never was authorized to act on behalf of the national party.
National party officials notified the state Election Board in August that it was withdrawing its ballot line on the Nov. 6 ballot and was terminating its status as a qualified party in Oklahoma.
Latest voter registration figures show 18 Oklahomans registered as Americans Elect. Ziriax said their registration will be transferred to independent.
Americans Elect, a nonprofit group, had planned in June to hold the first-ever online nominating convention to select a president-and-vice president ticket.
To obtain party status and have names placed on state ballots, a political party has to get signatures of registered voters that equal at least 5 percent of the votes cast for the office at the top of the ticket. Political parties this year had to turn in petitions with at least 51,739 valid signatures.