On June 30, Oklahomans can display the power of the ballot! Read about ACTION’s call to vote YES on SQ 802 & helpful info on HOW & WHEN you can vote, including how to get your absentee ballot notarized at All Souls!
ACTION Tulsa agrees that a YES on SQ 802 is the best path for our state.
We have the opportunity expand Medicaid, thereby providing health insurance coverage to 200,000 currently uninsured Oklahomans. We can do this with a YES vote on SQ 802.
What is SQ 802?
- Fills the gap to cover adults and families with income at or below 133% of the Federal poverty level. For example, a family of three making $8,532 per year makes too much to be covered by Medicaid now, but would be eligible in the expansion. The same is true of an individual making only $17,236 per year.
- More than 7 in 10 families who would now be covered have at least one worker in the household.
- Over half of the newly eligible are middle-aged or near elderly.
- For every $1 Oklahoma invests in this program, the federal government matches with $9. Our federal taxes are already helping pay the costs of Medicaid expansion for the 36 other states in which it has been implemented.
The Tulsa World summarizes succinctly and emphatically the choice facing all of us regarding Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma: “There are still many ways for the state to get to Medicaid expansion, but only one that avoids the political games of the Capitol – State Question 802 – which will write health care funding in the state Constitution, beyond the reach of Stitt and the legislature. SQ 802 goes before voters on June 30. Its passage is the only way to resolve this critical issue correctly, once and for all.” (Tulsa World, 5/24/2020)
Voting YES on SQ 802 not only provides health insurance to thousands more of our citizens, it also helps to financially shore up rural hospitals and returns more of our federal tax dollars to our state. Make your plan to vote today!
VOTING IS POWER so KNOW how you will VOTE!
COVID 19 has made voting a bit more challenging. There may be fewer polling places as fewer poll workers are available, and many people do not want to be in public spaces.
Our best recommendation is to request an absentee ballot, which is the right of any registered voter in Oklahoma.
Absentee ballot requests are due no later than June 23 at 5pm – It takes just a few minutes and you’ll have your ballot in a couple of days. ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Absentee_Voting
When voting by Absentee, follow these rules for your vote to count!
If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board before 7 p.m. on election day to be counted. Absentee ballots may also be delivered in-person to your county election board during regular business hours. Ballots delivered by hand must be returned no later than the end of business hours on the day before the election.
Notary Day at All Souls!
NOTARY DAY hosted by All Souls ACTION!
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10 AM – 2 PM in the All Souls Parking Lot!
Voters should bring their completed ballot, sealed in the envelope marked “Ballots”, then placed and sealed in the affidavit envelope. DO NOT sign the affidavit until you are in the presence of the notary. Voters should also bring a valid PHOTO ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport – a voter registration card is not valid for a notary).
*Notaries will wear a face shield and sanitize hands between ballots to provide a safe environment. Voters are asked to wear a mask.
Spread the word & invite your friends to get an absentee ballot & have it notarized for free by sharing our Notary Day Facebook event!
Starting June 25 – Early voting is available and continues at the following days.
Thursday, June 25, 8 AM – 6 PM
Friday, June 26, 8 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, June 27, 9 AM – 2 PM
June 30 – Polls open, but may be limited due to lack of poll workers
Let’s show the Power of the Ballot on June 30!
Sue Williams is a long-time member of All Souls and is serving as the Co-chair of All Souls ACTION core team. All Souls is a proud faith-partner of ACTION Tulsa.