The end of the year is special. It is the season of tradition and spending time with loved ones. It offers moments of reflection and looking ahead to the New Year. Perhaps because of these sentiments, many people choose to make gifts to their favorite causes in this season.
In the final weeks of the year you can better assess your year-end financial picture and estimate the year ahead. Your gift can still give you an income tax deduction this year and help us continue our work right now.
Gifts of cash are always helpful. Whether by cash or check we can help you complete your gift by year’s end. Savvy donors almost always donate appreciated assets, like stock, by transferring them to their favorite causes. By giving this year, you can receive an income tax deduction and avoid paying capital gains that might otherwise be due if the asset were sold.
Join with other friends of our organization who find this season a perfect time to give back. If you would like assistance on how to take advantage of cu rrent tax laws, please let us know. We would be more than happy to speak with you. Please contact our office for more information.
Election Day 2013 is now behind us. We are proud that our League volunteers worked hard to register voters and develop nonpartisan candidate and ballot information for the municipal election. Our members registered 87 voters at 13 events, distributed 5,000 printed voters guides and provided online information via Vote411.org .
While voter turnout improved to approximately 36% from previous municipal elections, it is still low. This is not new and something we must continue to work on as we enter the 2014 mid-term elections. We cannot let up in our efforts to increase voter participation. So often, we see our voter service efforts as a routine part of our League effort. But, to the community, there is nothing routine about a registration event at a naturalization ceremony, high school, community college or about the candidate events we organize.
Thanks to all who contributed to our 2013 election efforts.
We have announced our positions on the three City of Tulsa Propositions on the Nov. 12 ballot. In short, we oppose Proposition 1 and support Propositions 2 and 3. Read the League’s positions here.
Oklahoma’s Voter ID law took effect July 1, 2011. All voters are now required to produce proof of identity before casting a ballot whether voting at a regular polling place or voting early at the County Election Board.
Acceptable identification includes documents issued by the federal, state (of Oklahoma) or a tribal government that includes the voter’s name, photograph, and an expiration date that is after the date of the election in which the voter is attempting to vote. Voters also may use a voter identification card or a temporary voter identification document issued by the County Election Board.
The following forms ID will be accepted:
• A valid driver’s license with an expiration date later than the day of the election.
• An identification card issued by the state of Oklahoma, which is not a driver’s license, with an expiration date that is later than the day of the election; persons 65 or older are not required to have an expiration date on their state identification card.
• A tribal government ID, with a photo and expiration date later than the date of the election.
• A military/uniformed services ID, with a photo and expiration date later than the date of the election.
• A United States passport with an expiration date later than the date of the election.
• A voter registration card or a temporary voter registration document – the only forms of ID without a photo that will be accepted. A voter registration card does not have an expiration date. However, the temporary voter ID does have an expiration date and that date must be after the election.
Don’t have ID? Ask for a provisional ballot!
It will take time to do the paperwork, but the Tulsa County Election Board says your vote will be counted if the name on the affidavit that accompanies the provisional ballot substantially conforms to the name on the voter rolls. Be sure the name you put on the affidavit matches the name you used to register to vote.