Month: September 2022

More Voter Registration Drives!

The deadline to register for the upcoming November election is only three weeks away on October 14. With this in mind, the Center for Civic Engagement will be providing more opportunities to get registered on campus in the coming weeks.

A table will be held in the lobby of the Education building between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, and at the entrance to the Nigh cafeteria between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.

We’ll announce more opportunities to get registered in the coming weeks, happy voting UCO!

Voter Registration Day!

National voter registration day is coming up on Tuesday September 20! The UCO Center for Civic Engagement is taking part in this day by hosting a voter registration table inside the Nigh University Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. People interested in registering to vote, or those who want to grab a ballot for another person can come by during those hours.

As always, if you have questions regarding the voter registration process, upcoming elections, or voting policies in-state and nationally, feel free to subscribe to our blog or visit the Oklahoma State Election Board website here.

Civic Engagement Opportunity

The Democracy Innovation program of the National Conference on Citizenship in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute and the Kettering Foundation is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss the role of local civic leaders, and how that role has been affected by the pandemic, our more polarized political climate, and our rapidly changing technological landscape.

The webinar will feature the voices and perspectives of civic practitioners in both the local and national fields:

  • Matt Leighninger, Head of Democracy Innovation for the National Conference on Citizenship
  • Betty Knighton, President of the National Issues Forums Institute and was the founding director of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life
  • Derrick Hammond, City councilmember and the pastor of the Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • And Brad Rourke, Kettering Foundation and the founder and former publisher of local online news source Rockville Central in Rockville, Maryland

Join the ongoing discussion about the roles of local leaders by attending this webinar. For more information about the upcoming webinar or to register to attend, click here.

Civic Engagement Opportunity

The National Issues Forum Institute is sponsoring an debate hosted by Saint Mary’s College of California titled A Constitutional Symposium: Religious Liberty and LGBTQ+ Rights. Hosted on September 19, the symposium center around the ongoing debate and controversy over religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws made to protect LGBTQ+ individuals. The symposium will feature three experts in the field of constitutional law:

Robin Wilson, Director of the Institute of Governmenet and Public Affairs for the University of Illinois

Elizabeth Clark, Professor and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University

And Kyle Velte, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law

People can attend in person, or attend virtually by registering here.

For more information about the event, visit the NIFI event page here, or email Steve Woolpert at woolpert@stmarys-ca.edu.

August 23 Runoff Primary Results

The official results for the August 23 Runoff Primary Election have been released and are available for viewing on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website here. Click the tab labelled OK election results to view results by county, party, and position.

Voter Registration Reminder

Oklahoma will be holding a general election on November 8 to decide many positions across the state. While this is a while off, there are some important deadlines to keep in mind prior to election day!

People who wish to register to vote must do so by or before October 14. You can register to vote on the OK Voter Portal here. People who register by mail must have their application postmarked by October 14.

Voters who wish to request an absentee ballot must do so by or before October 24. Information about absentee voting can also be found on the OK Voter Portal here. Ballots must be returned by mail by November 8, or returned in person before the end of the business day November 7.

Finally, early voting will be available November 2 through November 5.

For more information on voter registration, election dates, or voting tips, please visit the Oklahoma State Election Board Website.