There was apparently heavy turnout in the recent early voting in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area with some folks on social media reporting they had to wait in line for more than two hours to vote Saturday.
For the future.
For our planet.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 5, 2016
But now it’s on to the big day. Tuesday, of course, is general election day. If you haven’t already voted early or absentee, tomorrow is your chance. Here’s the Oklahoma State Election Board Online Voting Tool. You can use it to find your precinct and a sample ballot. Take some time to go through the ballot before you show up at your polling place.
I’ll go over my recommendations one last time.
Vote “No” on State Questions 776, 777 and 790. All these questions do nothing but create opportunities for lawsuits. They can’t even qualify as “but-it-makes-me-feel-good” measures for some right-wing people because defending the ensuing lawsuits will drain taxpayer money that could be better spent on education. Even The Oklahoman editorial board, a bastion of conservative dogma, urges voters to reject SQs 776 and 777.
Vote “Yes” on State Question 779, which raises the state sales tax by one cent to increase education funding and give teachers raises. Vote “Yes” on State Questions 780 and 781, which aim to reduce prison overcrowding. Vote “Yes” on State Question 792, which would modernize our archaic liquor laws.
Here is my earlier post, which discusses the questions in more detail.
In my absentee ballot, I voted for incumbent John Whetsel for Sheriff, David Hooten for Oklahoma County Clerk and Anastasia Pittman for Oklahoma County Court Clerk. I voted for Mike Workman for U.S. Senator over the religious ideologue James Lankford. I voted for Al McAffrey for U.S. Representative in the 5th Congressional District over incumbent Steve Russell, another ideologue with nothing to offer except right-wing rhetoric.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Edmond voters have a real chance to start changing the political obstructionism at the State Capitol by electing teacher Kevin McDonald to the State Senate in District 41. He’s the real deal. McDonald has 20 years of teaching experience and would immediately be tapped to lead initiatives on state educational issues and serve on legislative and other committees devoted to educational matters.
As much as it pains me to write this, I have to say that I don’t expect any real surprises in the national presidential race in red-state Oklahoma unless Republican women voters, as they should be, are just simply nauseated by presidential Donald Trump’s hateful, sexist philosophy. Democrats should unite behind Hillary Clinton so she can garner every vote possible to create a mandate. This could be vastly helpful as she nominates people for the U.S. Supreme Court. GOP leaders have already hinted they might try to block any Clinton nomination to the high court.
I proudly voted for Clinton, who I hope becomes the first female president in our country’s history. That does matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Women still face relentless discrimination in the workplace and the double standard still prevails in socio-cultural matters. A Clinton presidency doesn’t solve all that, of course, but it does send a powerful message to young girls. Again, the issue of gender in this particular race does matter, and there’s no doubt among rational people that Clinton would be a more competent president than the narcissist and racist Trump.
I especially urge all my friends who were strong supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to show up Tuesday and vote for Clinton. Trump represents a real threat to our democracy. This is not just a proud Okie liberal yelling in the wind. Even many prominent Republicans recognize the threat. It also tells you something serious when The Oklahoman editorial board won’t even endorse the Republican nominee for president.
Again, here’s the Oklahoma State Election Board Online Voting Tool. Please vote tomorrow. Your vote does count. Voting does matter.
— Politics OKC (@POLSOKC) September 16, 2016