OK Voter Newsletter, October 2016

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To build our statewide network, share ideas and updates, and to make the League's good work more visible the OK Voter is sent each month to all members and friends.  

SAT. NOV. 19,  1 - 3 PM
2017 Advocacy Agenda Planning
Advocacy Workshop


When: 1 pm to 3 pm, Saturday, November 19, 2016 

Where: Hosted by Norman League, location TBA

All Oklahoma League members are invited
More details will be sent in early November.

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2016 General Election Information

Voter Information: Registration deadlines, absentee ballot information, early voting dates, and link to poll locator.
Candidates:  Find your candidates based on your address.
Judicial Retention: Read the biographies of all seven Oklahoma Justices and Judges on the retention ballot.
State Questions: Background on all seven state questions; what proponents and opponents say.
Build your own Ballot: Vote411 gives voters the option of printing out a "cheat sheet" with ballot choices to the polls on election day.

Click here to visit Vote411.

Norman Hot Topics Lunch

Leagues Hosting 
Hot Topics Lunches on State Questions

The Norman and Tulsa Leagues are hosting lunches this fall to give their communities the opportunity to learn more about State Questions that will be on the ballot this fall.

The Norman League had a good turnout for  speakers on State Question 777, Right to Farm, and State Question 790, on the use of public funding for religious purposes.  In Tulsa, the lunch sessions have covered State Question 779, Sales Tax for Education, and State Question 790.  

While we're on the topic of elections, please take a minute to think about who would make a good League leader because the state League board elections will be held in early June 2017. The slate needs to be complete by March, 2017, and the nominating committee is ready to get to work.

Who would make a good board member? You know a good leader when you spot one:

Good team player who can also step in and manage a project with grace and follow-through

Good listener who can also speak out when it's needed

A member with some League experience (doesn't have to be extensive), who is also open to changing the way "it's always been done." 

The only way for our nominating committee to learn about  potential nominees is with the help of our local chapter members. Who will you nominate?

Nomination forms can be downloaded here and sent in to the Oklahoma City League office (the address is on the form).  Look for an online version coming soon!


Is Voter Education and Information at the top of your list of things the League should be doing?

This election year our need is more critical than ever, as we get more requests for speakers and educational materials.  

Will you make a tax-deductible donation of $10, $25 or $100 to help us achieve our goal?

Donate here

National Voter Registration Day:
Local Leagues Were Busy

From Lawton in Southwest Oklahoma to Bartlesville in the Northeast, local League chapters were out in force on September 27, National Voter Registration Day.  With a voter registration deadline for the November 8 general election coming up on October 14,  voters lined up to register or change their voter registration.
Jacqueline Achong, President of the Lawton League of Women Voters, and local League members  at their beautiful City Hall.  .

Cathie Barnie and Anne Couger of the Stillwater League registered new voters at City Hall. Lots of students register to vote in their college town.
Kathy Hinkle of the Tulsa League registered voters and updated registrations at the Tulsa Housing Authority.

President's Update: How May We Help You?

As we head into the final weeks before the November 8 general election, voters are calling and emailing Leagues around the state for information. Many of the calls are from voters looking for more information about the seven state questions that will be on the ballot, in addition to questions about candidates and the judicial retention ballot.

This year, the League is providing more ways than ever to access and share information about the elections and the state questions.

The Oklahoma Voter Guide

This year, the Oklahoma League worked with a coalition of partners concerned about low voter turnout.  Because many people who don't vote say they don't have enough information to cast a ballot, the Oklahoma Voter Guide was created to present information in an attractive, easy to read format.  The guide is available in most libraries across the state, was inserted in many daily and weekly newspapers, and is also available online. All local Leagues have received copies to share at voter registration events, candidate forums and other venues in their communities.
For the latest updates, follow the OK Voter Guide  Facebook  

The League's Online Voter Guide is Here: 


Because we understand that more and more voters are looking for their information online, the Oklahoma League once again committed to making its online voter guide available across the state.  It's mobile friendly, easier to use than ever, and allows voters to see what will be on their ballot.  

We'll keep looking for other ways to help voters, too. It's what we do.

If you have questions or other thoughts about what would make voting easier in Oklahoma, please email I’d love to hear from you, and share your thoughts.

In League,

Sheila Swearingen
President, League of Women Voters of Oklahoma
Copyright © 2016 League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, All rights reserved.

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