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From Joy Whitman:
About 100 volunteers turned out, many of them from other cities in Oklahoma. David Phillips, VOTE FOR CHANGETeam Coordinator and Ken Byrd, Data Coordinator prepared packages for volunteers each one including 25 voter registration forms, information on voter registration laws and maps of Tulsa areas to be targeted.
Ernestine Dillard opened the event with her incredible solo “God Bless America”. It was awesome to hear her beautiful voice ring through downtown Tulsa. Senator Tom Adelson,keynote speaker and our Obama surrogate, is a national convention delegate for Senator Obama from Oklahoma. Martha Mattes, Volunteer Coordinator, really got the word out to the volunteers in attendance via email to Obama groups and Oklahoma pods of grassroot supporters.
Greg Bledsoe, First District Vice Chair for the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Emmanuel Lewis trained volunteers on do’s and don’ts for registering voters.
Greg explained our strategy in targeting key Tulsa county districts where voter registration is low and the need for Democrats to vote in the upcoming Oklahoma Democratic primary on July 29 for candidates including Andrew Rice, Jim Roth, as well for one of the Democratic candidates running for State Representative in House District 72.
Our awesome resource team including Mark Skinner, Victoria Marrs and Vance Reed worked together to sign in every volunteer and gave out VOTE FOR CHANGE stickers and we had plenty of food and beverages available. The results we hoped for in registering voters were achieved as we registered 50 people and most volunteers kept their packets to keep registering voters as we approach the general election. We are planning our next event as a celebration following the Democratic nomination.