OKLAHOMA CITY – Rock the Native Vote is holding free events this week in Oklahoma City and Tulsa as part of a last push to help Oklahomans register to vote for the General Election. All mail-in registration applications must be postmarked, or hand delivered to local county election boards by Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
“Every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of missed registration deadlines,” said the Rev. David Wilson, director of the Rock the Native Vote project and assistant to the Bishop for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. “Our goal is to help members in our Native American community register to vote so their voices can be heard and represented.” Wilson says there are 73,500 eligible Native American voters in the Oklahoma City area and 106,000 in Tulsa.
In Oklahoma City, volunteers will be set up Thursday in the parking lot of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, located at 4913 W. Reno Ave., from noon to 4:00 p.m. On Friday, a group will be in the parking lot of Angie Smith Memorial United Methodist Church at 602 SW 35th Street until 1:00 p.m. A food truck will also be on site Friday and people will have a chance to win a free meal and t-shirts while supplies last.
The Tulsa team is combining voter registration with an Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend kick-off event located at 533 S. Peoria Ave., from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event includes a meal, music, powwow dancers, and guest speakers.
All voter registration applications require a signature. The Rock the Native groups will hand deliver any registrations received on Oct. 9 to the local election boards.
In addition, organizers say booths will also be set up to help participants complete the 2020 census, which was extended to Oct. 31, 2020.
For inquiries, please contact Ginny Underwood, Rock the Native Vote communications coordinator, at 405-229-7210.