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Company LOGO 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)
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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 1 Voter Many elected government officials 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 • 1 st District (Tulsa area) • 2 nd District (Eastern Oklahoma) • 3 rd District (North/West Oklahoma) • 4 th District (South/West Oklahoma) • 5 th District (Central Oklahoma) U. S. Senate – 6 year terms Sen. Coburn started another term in 2010 Sen. Inhofe started another term in 2008 President/Vice President – 4 year terms
Which Party? Does it matter? Oklahoma is a CLOSED Primary State • Only recognized political parties – Democrat – Republican • Difficult ballot access laws for a 3 rd 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 the last FRIDAY of May in even years. Check with your County Election Board for other times when registration/party affiliation changes are closed.
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 – 23 weeks until the Primary = $230 • If 100 people committed to give $10 per week, your candidate could raise $23, 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? American Majority conducts Candidate training …For more information, contact Seth Brown at (405)-639 -8896 or the national office at (540) 338 -2326
Preparing for 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
Preparing for 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2012 Conventions VITAL to restoring the party to the grassroots! All Conventions have Credentials, Rules and Platform! Precinct meetings – February 4, 2012 County Convention - March 12, 2012 1 st Congressional District Convention – April 14 th, 2012 State Convention - May 11 & 12, 2012 (Norman, OK)
Preparing for 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2012 Precinct Meetings February 4, 2011 • 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.
Preparing for 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2012* Tulsa County Convention Will be held March 24, 2012 (Location TBD) • Elect Chair, Vice Chair • Elect State Committee Man, State Committee Woman • Elect District Committee Man, District Committee Woman They are members of the District Committee and will vote who will be the District Chair & Vice Chair and will also lead and organize the District Conventions where delegates to the National Convention are elected • 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.
Preparing for 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Meetings and Conventions 2012* State Convention May 11 & 12, 2012 (Norman, OK) • 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.
Preparing for 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 - 2012 Precincts – Contact your County Chair to find your County Chair and/or Officers, go to http: //www. tulsagop. org • Find out who is Chair and Vice Chair of your Precinct • If there isn’t one VOLUNTEER!!!! • Ask what you can do to help – Candidates needing help – County activities and events – Make sure they have your contact information
GOP Involvement - 2012 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 - 2012 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 - 2012 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 - 2012 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
Power of ONE Things to Remember! • You can vote only if you are registered to vote (it takes about 3 weeks to get added to the voter rolls – register NOW so you can vote in 2011 & 2012 elections) • You must be registered as a voter in 1 of the 2 major political parties to vote in a PRIMARY in Oklahoma. • Candidates on the General Election Ballot are decided in the Primary.
Power of ONE • If you support a candidate and they are in a Primary, it will take YOUR VOTE to get them on the General Election Ballot The world is run by those who show up! Elections are won by those who VOTE!