Ed­u­cat­ing vot­ers on the power of the bal­lot

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Satur­day, May 26 Jerry Good­win for City Coun­cil District 1 hosted an event at the Green­wood Cul­tural Cen­ter en­ti­tled “PowHER­ful Black Women in Pol­i­tics,” which was in honor of distin­guished guests Sen­a­tor Con­nie John­son, Ok­la­homa gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, & Sen­a­tor Anas­ta­sia Pittman, can­di­date for Lt. Gov­er­nor of Ok­la­homa.

John­son re­cently re­tired af­ter serv­ing thirty-three years in the State Sen­ate, rep­re­sent­ing Ok­la­homa City’s pre­dom­i­nantly African Amer­i­can “East­side,” where her fo­cus was on health, men­tal health and hu­man ser­vices is­sues that dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect the eco­nomic and so­cial well-be­ing of the poor, mi­nori­ties, women, chil­dren, and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties was gamechang­ing.

Pittman won her elec­tion to District 99 of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Novem­ber 2006 and District 48 of the State Sen­ate in Novem­ber 2014. She is the sec­ond Semi­nole cit­i­zen to serve in the leg­is­la­ture and has had a distin­guished ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice for al­most 20 years.

John­son and Pittman both spoke to the group of about 100 in at­ten­dance about their plat­forms and about his­tory in the mak­ing. Both can­di­dates talked about their plan for fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion, which for them means find­ing “new money” in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, le­gal­iz­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana with the pass­ing of Ok­la­homa State Ques­tion 788, which will be on the bal­lot June 26th.

More im­por­tantly, they ed­u­cated the at­ten­dees on reg­is­ter­ing to vote and then sign­ing up for ab­sen­tee bal­lots so that vot­ers can re­ceive their bal­lots in the mail up to three weeks prior to the vote and have time to review them and dis­cuss the state ques­tions and can­di­dates among their peers prior to de­cid­ing which way they wish to vote. Plus, the ab­sen­tee bal­lot al­lows vot­ers to have flex­i­bil­ity in their sched­ule so as not to not need to miss work in or­der to vote.

The dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote for State Ques­tion 788 in the pri­mary elec­tion on June 26th is June 1st. If you haven't reg­is­tered by then, don't worry there are sev­eral other elec­tions this year for our state govern­ment po­si­tions, so go ahead and reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble. Then take the ex­tra step and sign up for ab­sen­tee bal­lots for the whole year.

TO REG­IS­TER TO VOTE: https://www.ok.gov/elec­tions/Vot er_Info/in­dex.html

Pri­mary Elec­tion Date: June 26, 2018 | Runoff Elec­tion: Au­gust 28, 2018 | Gen­eral Elec­tion: Novem­ber 6, 2018

For more in­for­ma­tion on the can­di­dates: https://con­niefor­gov­er­nor. com/and www.anas­tasi­apittman.com.

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