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OK Voter Newsletter, May 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.  

How About Those State Questions?

Save the Date

Saturday, June 18
10 am to 2 pm
Cattle Country Inn
1200 North Eighth Avenue
Stroud, OK


Invitation coming soon 
with full details
 
Voters will be faced with up to eight (often vaguely-worded) questions on the ballot this fall.
 
  • What are the pro's and con's of each?  
  • What is the potential impact of each?
  • Which will the League support or oppose? 
Join us and help answer these questions
Saturday, June 18 in Stroud, OK

June is Membership Renewal Time


Join or Renew
Top Ten Reasons to be a Member
  1. The League is 100% nonpartisan
  2. Meet smart people 
  3. Discuss issues without rancor
  4. Learn more about public policy
  5. Focused on voting and voting rights
  6. Work on a wide range of issues 
  7. Start making a difference in your community and your state
  8. Encourages informed participation
  9. When you're ready, there's room for you in leadership
  10. The League is ready to grow with you

League memberships are good from July 1 through June 30.  If you joined in 2015, it's time to renew, and your membership will be good through June 30, 2017. Click here to use our online membership form.

 

DONATE TO SUPPORT VOTE411 IN OKLAHOMA


LWVOK'S VOTE411 site will be "live" on June 3, with lots of information for the June 28th primaries, such as information on candidates in your district, how to find your polling location, and what ID is needed for voting in Oklahoma.  It has just about everything you need to go to the polls.

Did you know that one of the reasons people give for not voting is that they don't have enough information?

Help us reach more voters than ever with what they need to be ready to vote.

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2016 LWVOK Council Highlights
Bartlesville V.I.P. Banner


Attendees loved this banner, created by the League of Women Voters of Bartlesville to promote their Voting is Power initiative.

During the "Ideas Worth Stealing" session, Leagues from around the state shared some great successes.

That was just one of the sessions at this year's Council.  Sessions included the story of Kate Barnard, the first woman elected to statewide office in Oklahoma and in the United States, a quiz on Oklahoma's fiscal policy and more.

READ ALL THE 2016 COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS HERE.
 

President's Update: Statement on State Question 777

Read the Statement on State Question 777 here.

Sheila Swearingen LWVOK I enjoy the work that the League does to prepare voter education for elections, because it's a good education for me, too.

League work includes studying all state questions so we can understand both the intent and the impact of each state question, and prepare a voter guide to the state questions.  

The League doesn't always take positions on state questions. When we do take a position, it's because we've studied the issue and reached consensus.

In the case of State Question 777, the "Right to Farm" amendment, the Board of Directors read it carefully.  We discussed its intent and the impact it might have. We looked at our own League positions related to this question.  By the end of our meeting, the Board had concluded that there was sufficient reason for the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma to oppose this state question.

As state President, part of my job is to speak for the League, and I have written a statement explaining our opposition.  This will be circulated throughout the state, and I hope that some of you may read it on your local paper's editorial pages. However, I want you to read it here first, so that you can discuss it, learn more about it and share it as you think is appropriate. Read the Statement on State Question 777 here.

Note:  For those who have been following this issue closely, the issue of how this amendment would have to tie the hands of municipalities when it comes to protecting their own water quality has been a concern. This year the Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 2446, which says the state of Oklahoma has compelling state interest in water and can regulate as needed. This might appear to protect Oklahoma's water quality.  However, as pointed out by Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma Attorney General who has fought for years to clean up the Illinois River, this law could not protect water quality as it was passed after the December 31, 2014 deadline established in the amendment.
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In League,



Sheila Swearingen
President, League of Women Voters of Oklahoma
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