Thunder Voices: Voting Matters
Thunder VOTE Spotlight
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ABOUT THE THUNDER VOTING INITIATIVE
The Oklahoma City Thunder formally announced Thunder Vote, a multi-faceted and sustainable initiative to promote voting, with an emphasis on ensuring that all eligible Oklahoma citizens are registered to vote, educate themselves on candidates and issues, and then cast their ballots via in-person or early and mail-in absentee voting.
"Voting is an absolute cornerstone of our democracy and the Thunder is proud to help spread the message of the importance of registering and voting," said Christine Berney, Thunder vice president of Community Relations." Thunder Vote provides citizens with information and resources to help them be fully registered and educated voters. This is a non-partisan initiative to ensure that all eligible citizens in our community have the access and support they need to register, vote and have their voices heard in all federal, state and local elections. This has become a permanent priority of the Thunder organization."
Thunder Vote places an emphasis on education and access to all forms of voting to provide more citizens the ability to vote as easily and safely as possible. Due to the COVID-19 declared state emergency, the requirement to have absentee ballots notarized has been waived for the Nov. 3 general election. Only a copy of the voter's valid ID will be required. In Oklahoma, voters do not need a stated reason to vote absentee by mail, and they can hand deliver their absentee ballots directly to their county election board up until the close of business on the day before the election if they choose.
The Thunder is partnering with the Oklahoma State Election Board to help promote the agency's OK Voter Portal (elections.ok.gov) which provides online access to registration forms, absentee voting information, sample ballots, polling place locations, early voting opportunities and other information specific to the individual voter. The OK Voter Portal can be used to fill out and print registration forms. It also allows registered voters to fill out and electronically submit absentee ballot requests. At its registration drives, the Thunder Vote program will offer free computer and printing access for citizens to use the OK Portal for those purposes, while also providing them the postage necessary to mail in those forms.