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There are a lot of predictions about how the 2020 election will play out this November, but one thing is almost certain: we are not going to have results on election night.
With the increase in mail-in ballots in every state this year due to COVID-19 risks, immediate results are not possible on November 3. This means we are going to go to bed on election night, not knowing the results of the presidential election or the dozens of down-ballot races in every state. It may take a week, or even four weeks for final election results in multiple races―especially when we consider possible court challenges.
We are facing new challenges to our election system, but our democracy already has the solutions needed to persevere and succeed. If we take our time, we can still ensure election rights, access, and accuracy for all voters.
After all, our democracy is worth the wait. (click here for full article)
Rebecca Greenhaw, president of the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma County, recognizes the historic contributions made by women of color toward the movement.
"There were members of the Native American women's organizations and also African American women's organizations that worked shoulder to shoulder with the suffrage movement, and we couldn't have done it without them," she said. "But then when the final negotiations were made, the decision had been made to give Black men the right to vote under the 14th Amendment and many of the suffragists supported that because they were led to believe that then they would be next, but then that didn't happen. And so, then when negotiations were ongoing in the period of 1918 to 1920, unfortunately decisions were made that it would be better to get suffrage for part of some women if we couldn't get them for all."
A hundred years later, the 19th Amendment hasn't lost its significance.
"I'm so grateful that this amendment was passed and added to our Constitution, and I work with the league to try to inform and educate women and members of the public about the right to vote is something we can't ever take for granted, because forces are always arrayed against it to try to erode it," Greenhaw said. "And so I would say my attitude is one of extreme gratitude and working to protect that right for myself and everyone else."
In 2018, the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma County:
reinstated the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma County,
registered over 80 new voters,
participated in distribution of the Oklahoma Voter Guide,
and co-hosted a gala honoring 100 women of Oklahoma.
In 2019 we worked on:
participating in a campaign to encourage Senator Lankford to recommend a hearing on HR1, the For The People Act,
worked with the Coalition of the Underheard on determining voter priorities, and
worked with Oklahomans Decide Healthcare regarding the expansion of Medicare.
In 2020 we are working on:
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT VOTER411.ORG.
With the Vote411.org guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.