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Power of the Precinct 2009 - Oklahoma

Power of the Precinct 2009 - Oklahoma

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Activism 101 - How to get involved to make a difference (from precinct to county to state). Presentation customized for Oklahoma
Activism 101 - How to get involved to make a difference (from precinct to county to state). Presentation customized for Oklahoma

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Activism 101

How to get Involved to make a Difference

Activism 101
“Activism” is vigorous and sometimes aggressive
action in pursuing a political or social end – Campaigner – Protester – Objector – Militant – Advocate

There are 2 kinds of activism that I will cover
• Voter/Campaign Activism • Party Activism

Where to begin?
YOUR Precinct is where you start. • A precinct is generally the lowest-level governmentally-related division and may also be known as an election district. • When a voter registers to vote, they are assigned to a precinct BY their residency location (street number, city, county, state)

What is a Precinct
Each precinct has a specific location where its residents go to vote. Sometimes several
precincts will use the same polling station.

To find your precinct voting location, go to the web link on the State Election Board http://www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php

What is a Precinct
Political parties often designate individuals, to help them keep track of how the voters in a precinct feel about candidates and issues, and to encourage people to vote. In Oklahoma, the Republican party begins with precinct volunteers serving as officers. (We’ll cover how to get involved in the
Republican party later)

My Precinct …

My Precinct … House District

My Precinct … Senate District

My Precinct … Congressional District

What else am I a part of?
I am also in the:
– Edmond School District – Frances Tuttle Vo-Tech District – City of Edmond, Ward 4 – Okla. County, Commissioner District 3
Many elected government officials

1 Voter

From the School Board to the White House

Voting is VITAL – Local
School Board Member ( 3 to 5 year terms) December filing with election in February
Usually a “non-partisan election” = everyone votes in the election

City Council and/or Mayor (2 to 5 year terms) Check dates for your municipality
Usually a “non-partisan election” = everyone votes in the election

County Officials (4 year terms) County Commissioner (1*, 2 or 3* district) Assessor* Treasurer* County Clerk Court Clerk District Attorney Sheriff
*2010 elections

Voting is VITAL - State
House of Representatives (State Legislature)* – 2 year term Senate (State Legislature) – 4 year term (Even # District*) Statewide Elected Officials – 4 year term*
Governor Lt. Governor Attorney General Treasurer Auditor Insurance Commissioner Labor Commissioner State Superintendent Corp. Commissioner (6 year term)

Judicial (various levels) - primaries, general, retain/not retain*
*2010 Elections

Voting is VITAL - National
U.S. Congress* – 2 year terms
•1st District (Tulsa area) •2nd District (Eastern Oklahoma) •3rd District (North/West Oklahoma) •4th District (South/West Oklahoma) •5th District (Central Okahoma)

U.S. Senate* – 6 year terms
Sen. Coburn is completing the term

President/Vice President – 4 year terms
*2010 elections

Which Party?

Does it matter?

Oklahoma is a CLOSED Primary State • Only recognized political parties
– Democrat – Republican

• Difficult ballot access laws for a 3rd party to gain recognition on the ballot

Which Party?

Does it matter?

• Principles of that political party is defined within each of their Platforms.
• Oklahoma Republican Platform is developed beginning at the precinct, through county conventions, and at the state convention (every odd numbered year) • Oklahoma Democrat Platform is developed at the state convention (not sure of entire process) Voter Registration begins with YOU… but party registration
of elected officials defines who is in charge - the leadership and POWER to control the process and the rules to pass legislation, raise/lower taxes, etc.

What can I do NOW?
Be sure YOUR Voter Registration is current – Oklahoma is a CLOSED Primary State
• If you have a candidate you want to vote for in the Primary, you MUST be registered as a voter in that party
Last day to change party affiliation to vote in Primary is May 31, 2010

What can I do NOW?
• Help a candidate
– Volunteer to help with parades, ball games, community events, etc.
• What is your time worth? And how much more valuable is it for your candidate?

– Contribute financially
• $10 per week to the candidate of your choice
– 36 weeks until the Primary = $360

• If 100 people committed to give $10 per week, your candidate could raise $36,000

What can I do NOW?
• Be a candidate
– Do you live in an OPEN seat? – Do you have an elected official from the “other party” or that you firmly disagree with? – Have you thought about serving on your local school board ? Filing is in December!
American Majority is conducting a Candidate training on Dec. 19th…For more information, contact Seth Brown at (405)-6398896, Seth@americanmajority.org

Important Dates in 2010
(State Legislature, County Offices, National offices)

File Declarations of Candidacy: June 7-8-9, 2010 Primary Election: July 27, 2010 Runoff Primary Election: August 24, 2010 General Election: November 2, 2010
Last day to change party affiliation to vote in Primary is May 31, 201

Candidate Information
(State Legislature, County Offices, National offices)

Qualifications to be a Candidate
• A registered voter of that party for the six-month period immediately preceding the first day of the filing period
– State Senate: at least twenty-five years of age at the time of their election. – State House of Representatives: be twenty-one years of age at the time of their election.

• They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office. (Article 5, Section 17, Oklahoma Constitution)
– To file as a candidate for the House of Representatives in any representative district, a person must have been a registered voter in such district and a resident residing within such district for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the filing period prescribed by law

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012

If you don’t like the direction of the GOP, it will take YOU and ME to turn it around.

Change… it’s not just a word, it’s an ACTION

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012
Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions
2010 Conventions – None!
It’s the Governor Election year State Party Rules say that NO Convention needs to be held A “statewide rally” can be held

2011 Conventions VITAL to restoring the party to the grassroots!
All Conventions have Credentials, Rules and Platform!

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012
Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2011*
Precinct Meetings
usually held in January
• Elect Chair, Vice Chair of Precinct • Determine who will be delegates to County Convention NOTE: State Party Rules specifically state that if a precinct meeting is being held OUTSIDE the boundaries of the precinct, it must be approved by the Executive Committee of that county.

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012
Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2011*
County Conventions
held within 2 months of precinct meetings • • • • • Elect Chair, Vice Chair Elect State Committee Man, State Committee Woman Elect District Committee Man, District Committee Woman Vote on any Resolutions to the State Party Convention Determine who will be delegates to State Convention
*County Executive Committee approves the dates!

County Chair and/or Central Committee can recommend the dates.

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012
Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2011*
State Convention
(usually held end of April/first part of May) • Elect State Party Chair • Elect State Party Vice Chair • Vote on any Resolutions sent by the County Conventions
*State Committee approves the dates!
State Chair and/or Executive Committee will recommend the dates.

2010… preparing for 2011 & 2012
If you want to change Oklahoma GOP Politics…
• Know the rules • Use the rules • Elect leaders with proven Ethics and Morals • Be involved… don’t get discouraged! • Know where you want to go and what you want to accomplish!

There is a role for everyone in the Republican Party

Find your Role… the time is NOW

GOP Involvement - 2010
Precincts
– Contact your County Chair
• Find out who is Chair and Vice Chair of your Precinct • Ask what you can do to help
– Candidates needing help – County activities and events – Make sure they have your contact information

GOP Involvement - 2010
Precinct (if no Chair or Vice Chair)
– Offer to serve as the Chair or Vice Chair – Regardless, help to organize your Precinct
• Get registered voter list from County Election Board • Find like-minded Republicans • Make sure friends, family, neighbors, are registered to VOTE
– Register as Republican for the Primary » You MUST vote in order to elect the truly CONSERVATIVE candidates as the nominee on the General Election ballot
Remember – Voters registered as Independents can only vote in General Election

GOP Involvement - 2010
Precinct, neighborhood, or town – Hold a neighborhood, town, or precinct meeting to get to know people.
• Ask Candidates to attend
– ‘Town hall’ type meetings with elected officials – Hold “coffees” or receptions for like-minded candidates – If a primary, help set up a debate between the Republican candidates

GOP Involvement - 2010
County organizations – rural and smaller counties
– Rural counties may hold county meetings… ATTEND – Ask what you can do to help – Be courteous and not “too pushy” – Prove yourself as a worker… help where needed – Follow through with what you say you’ll do

GOP Involvement - 2010
County organizations – larger & organized counties
– Usually hold regularly scheduled executive meetings – May hold county meetings… – ATTEND all meetings, if possible
• Ask to be put on their email list

– Precinct – if no Chair or Vice Chair
• Offer to serve as the Chair or Vice Chair • Regardless, help to organize your Precinct

– Help with events, fundraisers, etc.

First They Came For…
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984

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Power of ONE
Things to Remember! You can’t vote if you aren’t a registered voter The world is run by those who show up… Elections are won by those who vote!

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