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Time for Change – “VOTE”

April 16, 2014

This article was published in the Duncan OK Banner titled “Never Forget the Importance of Your Vote April 16, 2014.

It’s Time For Change – “VOTE”
With upcoming state and federal elections, we need to put our “best foot forward” and study carefully each prospective candidate and/or question which will appear on our voter ballots.
Not registered yet? If you have not registered to vote, you must register no later than 24 days BEFORE an election. To vote in the June 24, 2014 Primary Election, you must be registered by May 30, 2014. This year, especially, it is critical that all citizens of Oklahoma that are18 years old or older register and vote.
Want to change your registration for a different political party? Sorry, the cut off for that was March 31, 2014. Starting again September 1, 2014 you can change party registrations until March 31, 2016 (this broad window may only be initiated September 1st of even numbered years).
The most often used excuse for not voting is “my vote won’t count anyway.” This is a total escape from reality. If everyone voted, instead of dismissing their responsibilities, we would have a true democracy. (One other step that must be made is to make voting conditions equitable and accessible.) Following right behind this excuse is not wanting to be selected for jury duty. That thinking is incorrect. Voter registration files ARE NOT used to create jury duty lists.
If you have a conviction for a felony crime on record and have served out your sentence, including any parole time, you are eligible to register to vote in Oklahoma.
In the Primary Election you can only vote for the candidate of the party to which you have registered. Because Oklahoma only recognizes “Democrat” and “Republican” Parties, “Independents” are not allowed to vote until the General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.However, if there are non-partisan judicial offices and state or county questions on the ballot, everyone registered as “Other” or “Independent” will receive a voter’s ballot.
Applications to Register to Vote can be obtained at the Stephens County Courthouse Election Board Office, post office, tag agencies and via the internet at http://www.ok.gov/elections.
You can either turn your application into the County Election Board Office or mail it to the State Election Board. The address for mailing is on the registration form.
After registration with the Election Board is completed, you will receive a Registration Card that you can use to prove you are a registered voter. This card will list your name, address, party affiliation and poling place where you will vote. Check the card upon receipt for any errors. Report any errors immediately to the County Election Board. If you have not received your Voter Identification Card in a reasonable time, check with the County Election Board for a status update.
The name and address on the identification you use at the voting location must be identical to the name and address you used when registering. This is why it is important to safeguard your Voter Registration Card and bring it with you when you vote. Other types of Identification that can be used are picture identification cards issued by federal and state agencies and United States Passports.
Remember, voting is a RIGHT guaranteed by the United States Constitution, not a privilege to be taken away by any persons or political parties.
The Stephens County Democrats will host guest speaker, Oklahoma Superintendent of Instruction Candidate Dr. Ivan Holmes at 7:00 PM, following their monthly meeting Thursday, April 17, 2014 at “Bobs Restaurant, S. Hwy 81 and Meridian Rd, Duncan.” The evening will commence with a no-host dinner at 5:30 PM, with a short business meeting at 6:30 PM.
Dr. Holmes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Education and a Masters Degree in School Administration. He has 40 years of school administration experience.
All are invited to hear Dr. Holmes present his theme, “With Everyone in the Loop – KIDS WIN.”

 

 

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