Make the voter registration process simple and accessible to EVERY Oklahoman!
On October 29, 2002 congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) with overwhelming bipartisan support. One of the primary goals of this act is to improve access to voter registration. Oklahoma has received more than $40MM in funding through the HAVA act since 2002.
In March and April of 2015 respectively, the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate passed SB 313 with overwhelming bipartisan support (61-29 in the House and 37-2 in the Senate). SB 313 authorized the implementation of online voter registration. Now nearly five years later, Oklahoma has yet to make this method of registration available to Oklahomans. The most recent update from the State Election Board indicates online registration will NOT be available in 2020.
The most recent update from the State Election Board indicates online registration will NOT be available in 2020.
OKLAHOMA IS ONE OF ONLY 13 STATES WITHOUT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION!
The mission of OKVOTE is to make the voter registration process simple and accessible to every Oklahoman by eliminating every barrier to access. We have created a website that allows a prospective registrant to complete the required voter registration form via a mobile device or PC in around two minutes. The completed paper form is then mailed to the registrant along with a postage-paid, preaddressed envelope used to mail the form to the appropriate County Election Board. Getting registered via OKVOTE requires only an internet connected device including a cell phone and the ability to mail the completed form.
But simplifying the process and making the voter registration accessible to all is not nearly enough to move the needle. We need a groundswell of support to get the word out! We need families talking to their immediate and not so immediate family members, friends fully leveraging their social media sphere of influence, businesses large and small reaching out to their employees, non-profit leaders engaging their employees, clients, and donors.