Opinion: Reforming Oklahoma voting processes could improve democratic engagement

BY: - October 18, 2023

Our nation is in an existential crisis.  Democracy is imperiled.  The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are “We the people,” which enshrines the very idea of democracy. For the first time in our history, the speaker of the House has been removed. Consequently, Congress cannot conduct any of its important business, legislation is […]

States that send a mail ballot to every voter really do increase turnout, scholars find

BY: - October 15, 2023

Lately, a rough consensus has emerged among people who study the impact of voting policies: Though they often spark fierce partisan fighting, most changes to voting laws do little to affect overall turnout, much less election results. But one fast-growing reform appears to stand out as an exception. When every registered voter gets sent a […]

Young voters in U.S. and Oklahoma less likely to vote in 2024 or pick a political side

BY: - September 25, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — National polling and Oklahoma-specific data indicate young voters are more politically disengaged than older generations but also might be less polarized. About a third of young adults don’t intend to vote or participate civically in the 2024 elections, and 61% said they don’t align with either major political party, national polling of […]

Oklahoma lawmakers double poll worker pay to help address shortages

BY: - September 15, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Angela DeBose often hears the same question each time she asks people if they’d be interested in working the polls on election day.  What does it pay? “I often get a giggle when I say, but at the end of last year, when I told them that we were being considered for […]

Amid government spending fight, U.S. House GOP punts on debating major defense bill

BY: - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans sidetracked debate on the massive Defense spending bill at the last minute on Wednesday, removing it from the daily schedule just as the chamber gaveled into session. The decision follows public opposition from especially conservative Republicans to advancing any government funding measure in the absence of a written commitment from […]

A line of people hold signs that read "Thank you state Superintendent Ryan Walters" and "Stop the state takeover."

Commentary: Desperate for a seat at the table, Oklahomans wait hours to get into education meetings

BY: - September 8, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — What’s happening outside the state Board of Education meetings these days has become as big a flashpoint — and as newsworthy — as what’s happening inside.  For months now, hundreds of Oklahomans have begun lining up at 4 a.m. to stand in long winding lines in hopes of securing one of a […]

Voters choose Oklahoma’s new online registration option

BY: - September 1, 2023

More than 1,600 Oklahomans have registered to vote or updated their registrations using the state’s new online voter portal. The new technology, which launched in July, allows Oklahomans to submit voter registrations online for the first time. The option comes nearly eight years after legislators first passed a law allowing it. Misha Mohr, a spokesperson for the […]

Not just Ohio: Biased language is the hot new tactic to thwart ballot measures

BY: - September 1, 2023

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Monday against what they call “deceptive” ballot language produced by Ohio officials for the state’s closely-watched upcoming referendum on the issue. But it isn’t just the Buckeye State that’s lately seeing fierce battles over the once-obscure topic of ballot language. In recent weeks, officials in Missouri — where another abortion-rights […]

Children play around a voting booth as their grandmother votes in Oklahoma City.

Political accountability depends on participation in elections

BY: - August 29, 2023

Oklahoma persistently has one of the lowest rates of voter participation in the country.  Our voter registration is low and our voter turnout is also low — a double whammy.  Of the state’s estimated 3 million eligible voters, roughly one-third are not registered, and another third do not vote regularly. In most elections, more Oklahoma […]