TULSA, Okla. — A new option to qualify for the U.S. presidential race in Oklahoma has led to an unusually high number of presidential candidates on state ballots.
Voters have six candidates to choose from, including three independent candidates: Kanye West, Jade Simmons, and Brock Pierce.
After filing a statement of candidacy, they can either pay a $35,000 filing fee or get a petition signed by 35,592 registered voters.
The next step is to get seven registered voters to serve as electors and send in a notarized form in support of that candidate.
All three independent candidates appearing on Oklahoma’s ballot paid the fee instead of getting signatures.
Each state qualification process is different, which is why Kanye West only appears on about a dozen state tickets.
Oklahoma has three recognized political parties: Democrat, Republican, and independent. Those recognized parties automatically get a candidate on the ballot and do not need to pay the filing fee or a petition. That candidate appears on the ballot following nomination at their party’s convention.
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