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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and J.E. McReynolds Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm •  Published: May 17, 2012
Former Oklahoma Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren talks about the Americans Elect signatures to be given to the election board at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Boren is supporting an effort to have a bipartisan presidential ticket on the November ballot in all 50 states, saying the country's two-party political system is in need of "shock therapy" to cut through hyper-partisan rhetoric. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Sarah Phipps)
Former Oklahoma Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren talks about the Americans Elect signatures to be given to the election board at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Boren is supporting an effort to have a bipartisan presidential ticket on the November ballot in all 50 states, saying the country's two-party political system is in need of "shock therapy" to cut through hyper-partisan rhetoric. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Sarah Phipps)

Last month we said the Americans Elect effort to field a “unity” ticket for the presidency probably wouldn’t amount to anything. So far it’s amounted to less than nothing. Although Americans Elect has qualified for the ballot in a number of states, including Oklahoma, it can’t seem to find suitable candidates for an online nominee selection scheduled next month. So an idea hailed by University of Oklahoma President David Boren is on hold. The idea wasn’t to create a third party but to offer a “2nd way” toward electing a president. Results to date indicate that it’s not a “2nd way” but a “No way!” Perhaps Americans Elect’s fortunes will improve in the same way efforts to do away with the Electoral College have. On “2nd thought,” those efforts haven’t amounted to anything either.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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