OK Voter Newsletter, October 2015

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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.  

V.I.P. Launch in Bartlesville Announced


Voting is Power

The goal of V.I.P. (Voting is Power) is to increase voter registration and voter turnout at the polls. The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma has adopted VIP as a statewide program

Bartlesville VIP Launch

When: Tuesday, November  3
5:30-7:30 p.m

Where: Haskell’s Event Center
115 ½ Frank Phillips

Everyone is invited!
Free take-away packets with the new voter registration forms
and lots of information.

For more information
Phone 918-337-2118   

SAT. NOV. 14,  NOON - 3 PM
2016 Advocacy Agenda Planning Meeting

All League members in Oklahoma are invited

When: 12 pm to 3 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2015 (11:30 am to order pizza)

Where: Fellowship Hall, Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave SW, Norman

Lunch: Plan to arrive by 11:30 am if you want to order pizza with the board of directors OR bring a brown bag lunch. We'll have water, soft drinks and some afternoon snacks.
More details will be sent in early November.

Save the date!



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

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide the nonpartisan information voters need for every single election over this next year.

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

Donate here


National Voter Registration Day: 

Great Work by Oklahoma Leagues

On September 22, National Voter Registration Day, Oklahoma League volunteers were busy with multiple events.

Connie Lavoie Bartlesville LeagueConnie Lavoie (left) of the Bartlesville League, registered voters at the 
Bartlesville Library. Pat Netzer, Bartlesville League president, reports that more than 40 voters registered or updated their registration information at multiple events, including at the Bartlesville campus of Rogers State University, Tri-County Technology Center, and Bartlesville High School. 

In Stillwater, new members Nila Matzat and Cathie Barney were busy registering voters at the Stillwater Library.

Lawton League Naturalization Ceremony
The Lawton League of Women Voters partnered with the Arts and Humanities Council of Lawton to host a reception for new citizens. Lawton League President, Jacqueline Achong (above left), reports that 22 new citizens from 11 nations were sworn in. The Lawton League presented all new citizens with gift bags that included a voter registration application and voting information.


President's Update: Engaging with our Communities

Sheila Swearingen LWVOK I like to use a whiteboard for taking notes at a meeting. It's a great way to capture and share all those ideas that bubble up during meetingsmost of them good, some of them great.

At the September state board meeting, I was writing furiously on the white board as members brainstormed ideas for working with state members and local Leagues.

Thoughts about growing membership, increasing advocacy, building up voter education and voter turnout were called out. Board member Mandy Winton of the Tulsa League looked at all the items on the board, and observed, “It’s all about engaging with the community.” 

I think Mandy’s remark that it's all about engaging with the community is at the heart of a challenge facing all of our Leagues.

How Can Leagues Engage with the Community?

Each local League will have its own unique opportunity to take on this challenge, of course.

Here's one idea: Voter education can help us connect. The primary reason given by people who don’t vote is that they feel they don’t have enough information. Do people in our communities know about the nonpartisan voter information League members work so hard to provide? How about the online voter information available on Vote411? How will voters
—and potential voters— find out about it? 

Here's another idea: What  important issues in your community need to be discussed in a public forum? What would make a public meeting welcoming and interesting?

Those are just a couple of thoughts about engaging with the community. Over the next few months, I'll share some ideas and practical examples of ways that Leagues are learning to engage with (and serve) their communities.

Please share your ideas and experiences in your own communities. You can email I’d love to hear from you, and share your thoughts.

In League,

Sheila Swearingen
President, League of Women Voters of Oklahoma
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