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08 Apr
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Update from our Chair

Friends,

In these uncertain times it is important that those who have information share. I want to take a moment of your time to share the information that I have.

Obviously, the Delegate Selection Convention that was scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been postponed. That decision was made on March 14, 2020 by the State Central Committee. During that meeting, we developed a plan that was submitted to the DNC for approval. The DNC did not approve the plan. We subsequently met again on April 1, 2020 to revise the plan. That plan has been submitted to the DNC.

The details of the plans have not been made public because we are waiting until we have an approved plan so that we are only submitting accurate information. What we can tell you:

  1. Paperwork that was submitted before the March 5, 2020 deadline will be honored.
  2. All eligible delegates will be encouraged to participate – electronically.
  3. We are in the process of creating and testing the platform we plan to use for a virtual convention.
  4. Your congressional district officers can answer questions.
  5. We are doing what we can to ensure that Oklahoma will have a delegation.

In other news, the party is geared up and ready to help you organize while staying Safer at Home. We are in the middle of candidate filing. We strongly urge you to find a local candidate to support. Things you can do from home:

  1. Join in the phone banking efforts
  2. Help them write postcards
  3. Donate money, stamps, other supplies
  4. Share their social media posts
  5. Tell ten (10) friends

COVID-19 has affected the party directly. Three employees of the Oklahoma Democratic Party tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, they have all recovered and are back working. The ODP staff has been working remotely since March 12th. Please be encouraged, the party continues to do the work of the party. We have posted tutorial videos to help you set up phone banks in VAN, we are cleaning up the data in VAN to make it as useful as possible, developing voter’s registration plans and preparing for our state convention.

I hope that everyone is taking care of yourselves during this time of isolation. Please stay safe!

Sincerely,

 

 

Alicia Andrews, Chair
Oklahoma Democratic Party

08 Apr
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DNC Statement on the Presumptive Democratic Nominee

DNC Statement on the Presumptive Democratic Nominee

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Senator Bernie Sanders suspending his campaign and Vice President Joe Biden becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee:

“This primary has been one of the most inclusive and transparent in our party’s history. It has showcased the best of our party, and I’m so inspired by all of our candidates. All of them brought integrity to this contest. All of them brought talent, drive, and enthusiasm. And most importantly, all of them showed an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the American people. I want to congratulate Vice President Biden and his team on their victory, and I also want to congratulate Senator Sanders and his team on theirs. His energy, ideas, and leadership have strengthened our Democratic Party, and we need Sen. Sanders and his team to continue leading in this fight.

“Now it’s time to come together and unite around our presumptive nominee. It’s time to finish the job and send Joe Biden to the White House. For more than half a century, Joe Biden has fought for the underdog – from lifting up workers and middle-class families, to protecting survivors of domestic abuse through the landmark Violence Against Women Act, to leading the fight against the NRA and the gun lobby in the United States Senate. And as labor secretary under President Barack Obama, I got to see Vice President Biden’s invaluable leadership firsthand as he helped to lift our economy out of a recession, rescue the auto industry from collapse, and expand health care coverage for millions of Americans, including those with preexisting conditions.

“Joe Biden is Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Even Trump’s own advisors have admitted Trump is terrified of running against Vice President Biden. The choice for the American people could not be clearer: Donald Trump is a man of chaos and cruelty; Joe Biden is a man of character and compassion. Donald Trump has failed every test of presidential leadership and broken just about every promise he’s made, including during this public health crisis; Joe Biden has a decades-long record of delivering results for the American people.

“Now more than ever, we need a change in leadership to get our country on the right track. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the utter incompetence, inexperience, and ineffectiveness of Donald Trump. His failure to prepare for this crisis and to listen to health experts has cost people their jobs, their savings, and even their lives. In times of crisis, we need a president with the experience and empathy to lead the way forward. We need Joe Biden.

“The American people know the Democratic Party has their back. They know Democrats are the only party fighting to protect their health care, their jobs, their homes, and their future. They know Democrats are the only party fighting to end gun violence, combat climate change, and protect reproductive rights. They know Democrats are the only party who will give them a fair shake – no matter what they look like, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray. That’s why they’re ready to elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

 

 

08 Apr
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Calls on Gov. Stitt to Allow No Exemptions for Religious Services

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

Oklahoma Democratic Party Calls on Gov. Stitt to Allow No Exemptions for Religious Services

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party today issued an urgent plea to Governor Kevin Stitt to allow for no exemptions for religious services, instead asking all Oklahomans to stay home.

“We recognize this is Passover and Holy Week. These are very important religious holidays and many Oklahomans regularly attend religious services and large family gatherings to celebrate these holidays,” said Alicia Andrews, ODP Chair.

“In the interest of protecting all Oklahomans–and saving countless lives–we are calling on the Governor to allow for no exemptions to the stay-at-home rule. It is simply not possible to responsibly social distance in a crowded church, synagogue, or mosque,” Andrews continued.

“We respectfully ask all religious leaders to join with us and put the health of their congregations and the entire state of Oklahoma first. We join with you in celebrating these special holy days and wish everyone a meaningful holiday at home,” Andrews said.

“We also encourage clergy to follow the lead of small and large congregations alike who are holding virtual services. This way, everyone in your worshipping community is connected, but safely,” she said.

States around the country are experiencing new COVID19 hot spots as a result of religious institutions remaining open. Many people have died as a direct result of not abiding the strong warnings to shelter in place. The Oklahoma Democratic Party wants to be certain that the same thing does not happen in Oklahoma.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

08 Apr
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Republicans are Scared

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

Republicans are Scared

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is officially joining the Vote By Mail movement during the COVID-19 crisis. The ODP supports changes in the voting process that insures the safety and well being of voters and simplifies the mail in process.

We are calling on our state legislators to remove barriers to safe voting by mail like removing the mandatory notary from mail in ballots so that all Oklahomans can safely exercise their right to vote.

But our Republican counterparts are against a state- and nation-wide push to make mail in ballots more accessible to voters because they know that the numbers benefit Democrats. The GOP continues to resist expanding voting rights and making the process easier for all voters. Their own Party Chair, Ronna McDaniel just recently accused Democrats of plotting ballot harvesting and undermining the voting process. Republicans fear a fair democratic process that may turnout more Democrats come November than protecting voting rights for everyone.

Democratic Party chairpersons from across the United States, including our own Chair, Alicia Andrews, have co-signed a letter to Congress strongly urging them to support state efforts to expand early voting, vote by mail, voter registration and voter education. We cannot wait to take action to safeguard the voting process that preserves voter’s rights when casting ballots.

As Democrats continue this fight, the Oklahoma Democratic Party urges voters to practice safe voting and sign up early to Vote By Mail and protect your rights. Voters can visit VoteByMail.okdemocrats.org to sign up online and review their voter information.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

06 Apr
0

2020 Candidate Filing

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, candidates filing federal, state, and legislative offices are encouraged to file by mail or delivery service or in-person using the “Drive Through” set up at the State Capitol parking lot.

Filing is April Wednesday, April 8th through Friday the 10th 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Candidates may visit elections.ok.gov for details on candidate filings.

Filing by Mail

  • Select a reputable mailing or delivery service that allows you to track your mailing and guarantees on-time delivery. Filings that arrive after 5:00 p.m. on April 10th will not be accepted.
  • Review the candidate checklist on pages 7 and 8 of the candidate filing packet to ensure you have everything you need to file for office.
  • Send your signed and notarized Declaration of Candidacy, your filing fee (cashier’s check or certified check) or petition, and other candidate filing documents along with your phone number and email address to:

State Election Board Secretary
Attn: Candidate Filing
2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard
State Capitol, Room G28
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Filing In-Person Drive Through

  • Ensure you have reviewed the candidate checklist on pages 7 and 8 of the candidate filing packet to ensure you bring everything you need to file for office.
  • When arriving at the Capitol, look for signs with instructions about the candidate filing “drive-through” route.
  • Candidates may designate a proxy to file their paperwork and filing fee or petition.

 

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