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OK Voter Newsletter, November 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.  

I KNOW MY VOTE WILL COUNT

League Launches Get Out the Vote Campaign



Our national organization, the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS), has lots of good graphics and information for the 2016 GOTV (Get Out The Vote) campaign.  

Their message:The credibility of American elections has been brought to the forefront of this campaign. Over the remaining weeks of this election, we urge you to join us in sharing the message, “I know my vote will count.” We’ll be sharing photos with “I voted” stickers and other social media showcasing our get-out-the-vote efforts, and we hope all Leagues will help us by joining in.

To download LWVUS resources, including graphics, messaging and a Facebook filter, see   "I Know My Vote Will Count" from LWVUS.

And After You Vote, Get Ready to Follow up with Your Legislators



 
SAT. NOV. 14,  1 - 3 PM
 
Norman Central Library
225 N. Webster Ave.
Norman, OK 73069

 
All League members from around the state are invited to come to Norman to help identify top issues for advocacy during the 2017 Oklahoma legislative session.
 
We'll also be talking about special rules for League advocacy, and what it takes to build relationships with our elected legislators.

*Optional lunch with the LWVOK Board from 12 to 1 pm.  Bring a brown bag lunch or order ahead from Penny Hill Deli.  Lunch with the League is a good time to network and socialize with other members from around the state.



Thanks for Giving

We'll be sending out gift appeals in November, and saying "Thanks for Giving."  If you've already given, thank you!  If you'd like to send a gift before we send out out letters, just click on the link below

 

Donate here


You can join the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma!  If you live anywhere in the state, we welcome your membership in the League.  
And, join your local League if you live in Lawton, Stillwater, Norman, Tulsa  or Bartlesville.  
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League Statement on 2016 State Questions


What About the State Questions
 

The League of Women Voters is proudly non-partisan and never supports or opposes candidates. But, what about the State Questions? After studying the issues, the League may support or oppose state questions —or remain neutral.

After hosting a State Question Summit in June, the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma consulted with its members and researched each of the questions as it was certified to be on the November ballot. The LWVOK Board of Directors voted to take a position on five of the seven state questions, and to remain neutral on two.

STATE QUESTIONS ON WHICH THE LEAGUE IS NEUTRAL

The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma neither supports nor opposes the following 2016 State Questions:

*State Question 779- Sales Tax for Education - Constitutional amendment that would raise state sales and use tax by one penny to fund teachers' salary increase of at least $5,000 and provide funding for other educational purposes.

*State Question 792- Alcohol and Liquor Reform - Constitutional amendment to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and high-point beer. It would also allow liquor stores to sell chilled beer and accessories such as corkscrews.

STATE QUESTIONS THE LEAGUE SUPPORTS

The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma supports the following 2016 State Questions:

*State Question 780- The Oklahoma Smart Justice Reform Act would reclassify certain low-level, non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. 

*State Question 781- The Rehabilitative Programs Fund Initiative will create a fund to take cost savings from the reduction in prisoners brought about by SQ780 and distribute those savings to counties for rehabilitative programs. If SQ780 doesn't pass, SQ781 will be moot

STATE QUESTIONS THE LEAGUE OPPOSES

The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma opposes the following 2016 State Questions:

*State Question 776- Oklahoma Death Penalty - Enshrines in the state Constitution that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment. It further delegates to the Legislature the power to determine the method of execution if a current method is declared unconstitutional.

*State Question 777- Changes the Oklahoma Constitution to shield the farming and ranching industry from future state oversight unless there is a "compelling state interest."

*State Question 790 - Religion and the State - Removes an article from the State Constitution that prohibits the use of public funds and public property for the direct or indirect benefit of any religion or religious institution.

For more information, you can read and download the League's complete Statement on State Questions 2016. To read the full Ballot Titles and explanations of both sides of each state question, see the Oklahoma Voter Guide. 




Have you tried the League's new, improved  Vote411 online voter guide?  This year look for easier user interface and navigation.  

Easy: Enter your address to see voting information and ballot information, including candidates for President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congress, Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House, judicial retention candidates, and complete information on all of the state questions.

Smart: After you've marked your choices, print out your "cheat sheet" to take with you when you go vote.

Ready when you are: Best of all, it's up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


       

Ready   -    Set    -   Vote!

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