OK Voter Newsletter, April 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.  

Stillwater League Welcomes a New Voter and Student Member


Jenna Fowler (left) and Pat Jaynes (right)

Jenna Fowler wanted to register to vote on her 18th birthdayand she wanted her grandmother, Pat Jaynes, a member of the League of Women Voters of Stillwater and a volunteer for the League’s Voter Registration drive, to be the person to do this.

Pat and Jenna got together on this special day to celebrate. Jenna is now a registered voter, and Pat gave Jenna her first student League membership as a birthday gift.
Welcome, Jenna—and congratulations to the Stillwater League of Women Voters!

 Good News and Your Support Needed

A record number of candidates filed for office this April, and this means more choices for voters.
We celebrate this good news -- and we need your help to engage voters across the state.

Using the League's Vote411 platform, we'll make information available on all state races in Oklahoma this year, reaching out to all parts of the state. You can help us hire a summer intern  to get the job done. 
  • If everyone reading this gives just $15, we'll make our goal.
  • Bigger donations are welcome, and will be used to support more voter education outreach
  • All contributions to LWVOK Education Fund for Vote411 are tax-deductible

Contribute here


Kate Barnard: An Oklahoma First

Did you know that Catherine Ann "Kate" Barnard was the first woman to be elected as a state official in Oklahoma, and in the United States?

Come to LWVOK Council to hear Dr. Suzanne Jones Crawford of Cameron University, co-author with Lynn Musslewhite of One Woman’s Political Journey: Kate Barnard and Social Reform, speak about Barnard’s political career and contributions to Oklahoma.

Council will be held Saturday, May 21 in Lawton, with optional activities on Friday, May 20.  

Get complete information and register on the LWVOK website's  Council Information page.

See you in Lawton!


Lawton League Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters of Lawton sponsored a Forum for City Council Candidates Ward 7 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the City Hall Auditorium, 212 SW 9th Street, Lawton, Oklahoma. The candidates were Jesse R. Cross, V. Gay F. McGahee, Sheila Olsen, and Sherene L.  Williams.  

President Jacqueline Achong stated that the forum was open to the public. All candidates were invited and attended. This was an opportunity to hear information and ask questions of the candidates. Excellent questions were asked from the audience with all candidates responded.  Moderators were Paula Medina and Barbara Curry. Time keepers were Jancy Jeffus and Abbie Wright.  Cheryle Sherman, Chairmen and Zoe Berry, Co-chair of Voter Services pre-screened questions, provided League brochures and materials to attendees.

Mayor Fred Fitch explained the importance of serving as a city council member.   

The purpose of the LWV is "to promote political responsibility through information and active citizen participation in government" on a non-partisan basis.

- Lawton League of Women Voters
Jacqueline Achong, President

Fiscal Policy:  It's What's Happening 

If you're watching what's happening in our Oklahoma Legislature this session, you're aware that there's a big fiscal problem.  There's not enough revenue to meet the costs of core government services. While we work through possible solutions for this year's problems—and anticipate more problems next year— the League's re-study of Oklahoma Fiscal Policy is right on point. 

Karen Hardy Cárdenas, the state League Program Chair, sent a message to local League Presidents at the beginning of April to let them know that the study materials had been posted online.  She wrote:

I am pleased and proud to tell you that the materials for the 2015-2017 LWVOK restudy of Oklahoma’s Fiscal Policy are now available  You can find them at the following link: Study Materials

Most of you will probably choose not to start the restudy until next fall.  However, given the amount of attention that is currently being given to Oklahoma’s budgetary crisis, you are certainly welcome to use them sooner.  

Deborah Langley of the Bartlesville League wrote that she is sharing materials with her local League members to help follow what's going on with the Oklahoma budget this year.

The Fiscal Policy Restudy Committee includes  Karen Hardy Cárdenas, Tulsa, Chair; Judy Reynolds, Norman; Deborah Langley, Bartlesville; Alice Richardson, Stillwater; Charity Marcus, Tulsa; Sheila Swearingen, Tulsa; Kara Joy McKee, Tulsa; and Mandy Winton, Tulsa.

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