The Rogers County Election Board received Board of County Commissioners approval to utilize the Citizen Alert system to notify voters about elections. The current system utilized by Emergency Management now has an option under Community Alerts for citizens to opt in for Election alerts.
In the State of Oklahoma during even numbered years there is a possibility of 7 elections, during odd years there is a possibility of 11 elections. The trouble with this is that not every precinct is open for every election, and voters are unsure whether they have an election contest they are able to vote in or not.
Those citizens who sign up for the Citizens Alert System and opt in for the election notifications, will only be notified for those elections when they are eligible to vote. Links to sample ballots as well as polling place information can be had at the touch of a finger, either on their smart phone or via their email. Citizens who only have land lines will be sent a voice recording about the election date and will be encouraged to contact the Election Board for more information.
Our goal is to use the best information outlets so voters/citizens will have the opportunity to be made aware of every election. We want Rogers County Citizens to engage in their Right to Vote, and believe that this alert system will allow more citizens to have knowledge of elections that affect them personally. As in the old School House Rock cartoon’s motto…“Knowledge is Power”
We want to set the bar high. We want to end the 3% and 5% in voter turnout for small elections, or 20% – 30% in County Wide Elections or 40%-50% in State Wide elections. Can you imagine the impact of what an 80% – 90% voter turnout would be?
Voting is your right; use it! Voting is the opportunity to contribute to the political process, not just on a national scale but locally. Our system was created to work best when everyone participates. Your vote matters to your community, state and Nation, and your vote is how political offices hear your opinion. We live in a Democratic Republic, a system of government in which you as a United States Citizen have the privilege and right to participate. Rogers County will be stepping to the forefront on providing information to all citizens utilizing the latest technology, so more will feel like they have the knowledge needed to participate.