Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you are all doing well and have survived “back to school”! It seems that everyone has had a crazy busy summer and I was hoping that life could now settle down, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. I know Ashley and Chris are probably exhausted but I so appreciate that Oklahoma has finally gotten on board with the Round Robin. It is an excellent tool that allows members all across the state to meet and learn from their officers and Business Agent. Thank you ladies!
The APWU national elections are quickly approaching and I encourage you all to research the candidates and vote. I will be attending the AFLCIO state convention in OKC in October, and then off to the All Craft Conference and Legislative workshops in Las Vegas two weeks later. There is much to do, and no rest for the wicked!
On the note of elections, do you know if you are registered? Every other year (the odd numbered years) Oklahoma removes thousands of voters for being inactive. Last April, the state purged about 88,000 people from the rolls who, in 2015 hadn’t responded to or had an address confirmation mailer returned.
This year the Oklahoma State Election Board mailed more than 181,000 address confirmation letters to Oklahomans in an effort to confirm voter eligibility. The letters were sent to people who haven’t voted since the 2016 general election, have duplicate registrations, obtained an ID in another state, or no longer have an Oklahoma drivers license. Currently 134,000 have failed to respond to the notice and risk being purged from the rolls.
Could one of them be You? Unlike many states, Oklahoma does not have same day registration laws, and if you show up to vote and find you have been removed, there is nothing you can do. If you have any doubts or concerns about your registration status I encourage you to check! You may call the Oklahoma State Election Board at (405) 521-2391 or go to the Oklahoma State Election Board Website and use the Online Voter Tool. You will enter your name and birthday and it will pull up your voter confirmation complete with Voter information, Polling place, and County election board data. I encourage you to check today! Your vote is your voice! Use it!!
As always, it is an honor to serve you,