TULSA VOTER VAN
We drive voters
At Tulsa Voter Van, we help voters get to the ballot box. We like to call this "the last mile of voting." We work to lower the barriers that may prevent Tulsans from casting their ballot. We began by giving rides to polling locations and have expanded to include services that help with absentee ballots.
As part of our mission to support voters, we provide free rides to the polls within the City of Tulsa. We 164 trips in 2020! We have worked hard to expand our efforts and partner with local organizations to increase our outreach. Every voter who has contacted us has received a ride.
Notaries play a critical role in the absentee ballot process. An absentee ballot will only be counted if it is notarized or accompanied by a photocopy of a voter’s photo ID. The latter only for elections during extraordinary times, like the Coronavirus pandemic. Along with Tulsa Voter Van, groups across Tulsa have worked hard to make sure notaries are widely available. We strive to reduce the number of absentee voters who can’t turn in their ballot because of the notary requirement.
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Notaries in the Community
Oklahoma's notary requirement is a large barrier to voters. It is often difficult and intimidating to find a notary with some noting misunderstanding and mistrust of the process. The requirement reduces voting access because without a notary, ballots are left uncounted, not returned, and not applied for. We want make to make finding a notary simpler and friendlier. We plan to sponsor community members across Tulsa to become notaries in order to address the systemic issues around absentee voting and increase voting access. These notaries will be the resident notary at their community center ready to notarize absentee ballots and serve as a friendly surrogate for absentee voting information.
This is a big, innovative project and with your donation, we can make it happen.