The primary for local, state and federal offices will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Offices at all levels of government, local, state and federal will be on this ballot. Both U. S. Senators will be up for re-election, though the only one that will be on the primary ballot will be those candidates running for the seat Senator Tom Coburn is vacating.
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa and the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma have submitted sets of questions to all of the candidates who will appear on the ballot. Beginning June 1st, an electronic Voters’ Guide that will include the candidates’ responses will be available at www.vote411.org. This is a comprehensive one-stop shop for your voter information needs. Information includes a biographical and career experience overview and answers to questions that are relevant to each office.
The specific links for each view will be featured on the home page of Tulsa League’s website: www.lwvtulsa.org.
Other Voter Tools:
- Tulsa Election Board Voter Tool- allows you to create a sample ballot at the Tulsa Election Board website. To do this, you will need to know your precinct number in order to access your sample ballot.
- The Oklahoma Election Board – recently launched a new voter tool that will assist you in identifying your precinct as well as the location of your polling place and other related voting information. Click here to access this exciting new tool.You will need to input your first and last name and your date of birth to access this information.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is June 8, 2014.
Early voting will take place from June 19 through June 21.
Be sure and pass this information on to friends and relatives and encourage all you know to get out and vote. Democracy, as all League members know, is not a spectator sport.
Join us at the 2014 Annual Meeting on June 17 to mingle with old and new League friends, hear the latest on League activities, meet the nominees for the board and hear about exciting plans for the future! The meeting will be held at Fellowship Congregational Church, beginning at 5:30 pm.
The League of Women Voters has partnered with the Parent Teacher Associations of Zarrow and Eisenhower International Schools to hold a panel discussion of candidates for the state office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on Wednesday, May 14th, beginning at 7:00 pm at Eisenhower International School, 3111 East 56th Street, Tulsa, OK.
All seven candidates for this office have been invited. The following candidates have confirmed their participation: John Cox – Jack Herron – Joy Hofmeister -Ivan Holmes.
This event is free and open to the public.
Earth Matters Film Series continues with their next environmental film, The World According to Monsanto, on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm at the Circle Cinema. Come learn about the Monsanto corporation and its connection to the world’s food supply. May 24th is the World March Against Monsanto, calling for a permanent boycott of GMO’s and other harmful agro-chemicals. The after-film discussion group will be led by Matt Ohloff of the Food and Water Watch organization. You may purchase Film Series Passes for $30 that includes the remaining five films in the series at the Circle Cinema box office.
A recent Tulsa World article cited a study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The study evaluated voter turnout in each state based on the 2012 election cycle statistics. Oklahoma ranks 49th in voter turnout and 46th in voter registration. Encouraging voters to exercise their right to vote is one of the fundamental missions of the League.
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa will focus discussion on why this is the case in Oklahoma and will brainstorm ideas about what the League can do to influence better voter turnout. Four Tulsa World articles/editorials will serve as the basis for the discussion. We need your input! You can find information about dates and times for Unit meetings as well as links to the resource materials at lwvtulsa.org or by calling the League office at 918-747-7933. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.