Call to Convention

The Stephens County Democratic Party will hold its joint precinct/county conventions at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in Rooms 108/110 of the Morris Building – the westernmost building – at the Red River Vo-Tech Center on West Bois D’Arc in Duncan – pending final approval by the state Democratic Party.

The conventions are open to all registered Democrats in the county and will select officers for each of the 28 voting precincts in Stephens County and serve as the starting point for any resolutions that individual Democrats want to see enacted on party matters or political stands.

Attendees should bring their voter registration card to meeting for approval by the Credentials Committee.

Following the precinct conventions, the county convention will be convened.

The county convention will elect its officer slate and designate three other delegates to the district and state conventions this spring. In addition to the positions of chair, vice chair and secretary, the county officer panel now includes two affirmative action officers.

The county convention also determines which precinct resolutions will be sent to the district convention for consideration. Most resolutions start at the precinct level though issues may be raised at the county convention with sufficient support.

The venue should allow for safe social-distancing; masks are required.

Gary Edmondson / Stephens County Chair

****** Note to Party Members******

The majority of Precincts are without Precinct Chairs at this time. There will be sign up sheets for each precinct at this convention from which we will be organizing selection of Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get involved in our Great Democracy at the local level to stand up and raise your hand. Take heart, if Georgia can turn Blue, so can Oklahoma, but we need you to help us make it happen.

Just because social distancing is a pipe dream when it comes to our Trumpian neighbors doesn’t mean the rest of us should abandon it. The virus is still out there, as evidenced by the surging rise in cases and will still be out there for many months to come. Its going to take some time for the effects of the vaccine to really kick in. Other states that were even more derelict than Oklahoma in addressing the issue are paying for their neglect. Stay safe and keep wearing masks and obsessively washing your hands. Avoid other people as if your life depends on it, because it just might. No, the Corona Apocalypse hasn’t been beaten down like a dog. No, we aren’t turning a corner! No, the virus didn’t magically disappear when we woke up on November 4th and No, Biden isn’t some kind of miracle worker! It took a lot of incompetence and corruption to put us in the situation we are in now, so don’t expect him to fix everything overnight. Oklahoma is barely keeping its head above water. Republican politicians are lying through their teeth when they try to tell you different. Just think, if we all stick together and do what the scientists tell us we’ll likely be the only ones still alive come this time next year.

We are actually doing a lot better than most other states in rolling out the Covid-19 Vaccine. Yes, the registration/appointment portal can be difficult, but if you are patient and read the info on the OSDH website, it will help you figure out what you need to do. Just remember, getting a vaccine doesn’t mean that life is going to get anywhere close to “normal”.

Our illustrious Wannabe-a-Trump Governor has proven that he’s a total incompetent at responding to this pandemic. But, Fauci and Company have been sprung from Trump prison and doing their best to keep us safe and informed.

But regardless of what our Trumpian Plague Rat Stitt says, you do need to pay attention to what is changing and what you need to do to continue to keep you and your loved ones safe. Just because our State Retrumplican politicians all seem to think we’re out of the woods the statistics show radically different. The daily count of cases and deaths keeps on reminding us of that. Keeping on doing what you know will keep you and yours as safe as possible is the smart thing to do. And if you don’t feel safe going to any particular place, just stay home.

Lots of places to go for good information. OK State Dept of Health has the latest SITREP on what’s happening. OK Gov Department of Health

They’re on Facebook, too!

For the best and up to date info for your particular county, please check with your local County Department of Health. Most have Facebook pages and many have their own websites.

Track how the country is faring compared to the rest of the world: Global Coronavirus Maps

Don’t wait. Have you made your plan to vote in the 2022 Midterms?

Yes, the General Election is over, once and for all, but you can bet the voter suppression tactics are goingto be creative and widespread come the Midterms in 2022. The Retrumplicans are desperate to win back the House even more than they were this last time around. Be ready to go to work. Head on over to Make a Plan! to ensure your voice is heard. Included are all the links that will help you get you to the polls. 

OK Voting Made Easy: 

The Oklahoma Voter Portal (OVP) provides a “one-stop-shop” for your most requested voting needs. With a name AND date of birth (DOB), voters can:

  • Verify Voter Registration Information
  • View Voting Districts
  • Find Polling Place Information
  • View a Sample Ballot
  • Check the Status of Absentee Ballots
  • Respond to an Address Confirmation Notice – What is this?

By entering your name, date of birth (DOB), Oklahoma driver license number OR state ID number, AND the last four digits of your Social Security number, you can access additional features such as:

  • Request absentee Ballots (includes Uniformed Services and Overseas Citizens)
  • Change Political Affiliation
  • Change a Residence Address or Mailing Address (Residence change must be within the county where you are currently registered.)
 

Call Congress!

Due to the magic of advanced communication technology, one easy phone number allows you to reach your Senator or your Representative in the U.S. Congress. Use the number well and use it often! The number is 202-224-3121.

Stephens County Democrats News

When we don’t have a pandemic raging, the Stephens County Democratic Party meets at 7:00 p.m, every second Thursday of the month in Room 112, at the Red River Vo-Tech, Jerry B. Morris building, western-most building on the Duncan campus, 3300 W Bois D’Arc Ave, Duncan, OK. Come and see democracy in action. Join the discussion and learn about what we do. We’re on indefinite hold with the in-person meetings, but you can come join discussion and check for important announcements on our Facebook page as well as reading up on a constant stream of postings about the strange and alarming activities of our Republican minority rulers. 

Comanche County Democrats News

Our Comanche County neighbors meet every third Monday in Lawton. Visit  http://comanchecountydemocrats.org for info on their recent and upcoming events. This event will be held at the Great Plains Area Technology Center, 4500 NW Lee Blvd. in Lawton, Ok.  6PM to 8 PM.

WUFA, Women United for Action

For those not familiar with WUFA, it is a Lawton-based non-partisan group of concerned women who have banded together to pursue effective activism in opposition to the current Presidential and Congressional agendas. They organize activities to directly confront our elected officials through marches and protests as well as organized phone, email, and postcard campaigns. Its one more way to take action and be involved in the coming war for the soul of Democracy. Please contact marlenej <@> sbcglobal <dot> net to sign up for newsletters and calls to action.

We want to know what is on your mind!  Please share concerns and joys with us as we work at staying attentive and not giving into the urge to turn off everything and zone out.  WE CANNOT DO THAT! 

What are your questions? 

Yes, there are Democrats in Stephens County, we are here and trying our darndest to get through to the citizens of Oklahoma that they do not have to settle for the second rate government they get from Republicans.

Cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

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