Oklahoma returns to a two-party state

State election officials vote to no longer recognize the Americans Elect Party because it failed to field a presidential candidate this year. Organizers got nearly 70,000 signatures of registered voters earlier this year to get recognized as a political party in Oklahoma.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: December 5, 2012
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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.