For Immediate Release
May 10, 2018
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
ODP Statement on Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Voter ID Ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Voter ID ruling:
The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision to uphold voter ID requirements is immensely disappointing.
ODP Chair, Anna Langthorn stated: “The Court’s decision to uphold a discriminatory law is unfortunate. Voter ID laws negatively impact marginalized communities and suppress voter turnout. Practicing your fundamental rights should be easy and convenient.”
ODP State Affirmative Action Chair Ali Canada commented: “Every Oklahoma citizen has a right to equal access to the ballot. ID laws mostly affect low-income voters, voters who move frequently, and voters who don’t have a driver’s license. In other words, Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens are being discouraged from voting.”
The Oklahoma Democratic Party will continue to support efforts to repeal voter ID laws. Additionally, they ODP will engage, educate, and turn out voters in spite of voter suppression tactics.
Voters must present a valid government-issued photo ID or a voter registration card when voting. Oklahoma is also one of nineteen states that do not meet federal REAL ID driver’s license standards.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.