Native American and Latino communities team up with the Oklahoma City Thunder for National Voter Registration Day Event
OKLAHOMA CITY –A multi-cultural voter registration event is planned on September 22, 2020 to mark National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November. Rock the Native Vote and Voto Latino, with support from the Oklahoma City Thunder, will host a family-friendly registration event at the Ferris Wheel located in the Wheeler District at 1701 S. Western Avenue in Oklahoma City.
“Every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of missed registration deadlines,” said the Rev. David Wilson, director of the Rock the Native Vote project and assistant to the Bishop for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. “Our goal is to help members in our Native American and Latino communities register to vote so their voices can be heard and represented.” Wilson says there are 73,500 eligible Native American voters in the Oklahoma City area.
The free event takes place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and will include voter registration tables, live music, dance demonstrations from the Native and Latino cultures, food trucks, and give away items including tickets to ride the Ferris Wheel, t-shirts, and more. Local political leaders have been invited to speak about voter engagement.
Organizers say booths will also be set up to help participants complete the 2020 census, which ends on Sept. 30.
Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. Nearly 3 million Americans have registered to vote on the holiday since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day in 2012. For inquiries about National Voter Registration Day, please contact Ginny Underwood, Rock the Native Vote communications coordinator, at 405-229-7210.
About Rock the Native Vote
The Rock the Native Vote 2020 campaign is administered by the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church. The project is funded by the National Urban Indian Family Coalition in the first ever Urban Indian Civic Engagement Project. The Project focuses on voter engagement and creating awareness about participating in the 2020 Census.
About Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a pioneering civic engagement organization that seeks to transform America through Latino's innate leadership. We are a grassroots political organization focused on educating, empowering, and engaging Latinx's voters as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs, and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power.