February 2nd, 2015
IPO Secretary Sal Peralta reports that he contacted the Secretary of States office today to get a check on the party registration number in preparation for testimony on the Motor Voter bill. The Secretary of State staff informed him that the IPO has 108,744 members as of February 2nd, 2015. . That is 6 members over the 5% threshhold for major party status.
The IPO is asking the Secretary of State for a determination of major party status today. It is unclear if the Secretary will be willing to make the determination prior to August 2015 as that is the last day major party status must be determined to be included in the 2016 primary.
Major party status means that the IPO candidates will be on the May 2016 primary ballot and in the primary voters pamphlets along with Republicans and Democrats. But Major party status also comes with some obligations. Both legal and moral. Following is the release from the IPO:
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INDEPENDENT PARTY REACHES MAJOR PARTY MILESTONE CONTACT
Sal Peralta, IPO Secretary
Feb. 2 – SALEM – The Independent Party of Oregon has reached the membership requirement to achieve major party status, joining the Democratic Party and Republican Party as just the third major political party in Oregon history.
Under Oregon law, a political party becomes a “major” party when it’s membership is equal to 5% of the number of voters eligible to vote at the most recent general election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, IPO membership now stands at 108,744. That is six more members than the number of voters required.
“We will be contacting the Secretary’s office shortly requesting that they make a formal determination that the party has met the statutory requirement,” said party secretary, Sal Peralta.
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