Thunder Voting Initiatives

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE


DATES:
Sept. 12 – Story | Video
Sept. 19 – Story | Video
Sept. 26 
Oct. 3 

TIME: 
10AM – 1PM 

LOCATION:
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Southwest Entrance 

PARKING:
Free parking will be available adjacent to the arena at the corner of SW 2nd St. and Thunder Drive.

SERVICES OFFERED: 

  • Submit voter registration application
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Verify voter registration information

Events will include free public access to computers, printers, postage and other registration and voting resources. 


THUNDER VOTE COMMUNITY DRIVE


The Thunder’s arena registration drive hits the road! Join us for an outdoor, drive-thru registration event. Free access to copier and postage will be available. 

DATES: 
Sept. 27 

TIME: 
12:30-3PM 

LOCATION: 
US Grant HS 


HOW TO REGISTER


STEP 1.) 
Complete the voter registration form using the OK Voter Portal, download a paper Voter Registration Application or get an application at most local post offices, public libraries, County Election Board offices and tag agencies. 

STEP 2.) 
You must print, sign and mail in the application at your local County Election Board to complete registration.

REGISTERED VOTERS:
Update voter registration address or party affiliation using the OK Voter Portal

Visit the Oklahoma State Election Board for more information. 

Outside of Oklahoma? Visit Vote.org to register in your state.


KEY 2020 ELECTION DATES 


Oct. 9:
Deadline to register to vote or make changes to your registration for the Nov. 3 election. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than Oct. 9. 

Oct. 27:
Deadline to request absentee mail-in ballot. 

Oct. 29-31:
Early in-person voting at your county election board. Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Oct. 29 – 30), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Oct. 31) 

Nov. 3:
Election Day. Polls open 7.a.m. – 7 p.m. 


TAKING REGISTRATION DRIVES INTO THE COMMUNITY


The Oklahoma City Thunder will bring the Thunder VOTE experience to several community sites over the next few weeks with registration drives in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. These non-partisan registration events will give Oklahomans an opportunity to register to vote, obtain voting information and request absentee ballots. The events will feature Thunder entertainers and will have both drive-thru and walk-up participation options. These three community drives and two more Saturday registration drives at Chesapeake Energy Arena are all in advance of the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, in partnership with OKC Public Schools, the team will host its first Thunder VOTE community drive at U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City from 12:30 – 3 p.m., with a particular focus on the Hispanic community. Voter registration forms will be available to fill out on-site and free postage-paid envelopes will be available to mail the registration forms directly to the State Election Board. There will also be a translator at this event to assist with forms and questions in Spanish and English. 

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ABOUT THE THUNDER VOTING INITIATIVE


The Oklahoma City Thunder formally announced Thunder Vote, a multi-faceted and sustainable initiative to promote voting, with an emphasis on ensuring that all eligible Oklahoma citizens are registered to vote, educate themselves on candidates and issues, and then cast their ballots via in-person or early and mail-in absentee voting.  

As part of the program, the Thunder will hold voter registration drives inside Chesapeake Energy Arena every Saturday from Sept.12 – Oct. 4, leading up to the Oct. 9 deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election.

“Voting is an absolute cornerstone of our democracy and the Thunder is proud to help spread the message of the importance of registering and voting,” said Christine Berney, Thunder vice president of Community Relations.” Thunder Vote provides citizens with information and resources to help them be fully registered and educated voters. This is a non-partisan initiative to ensure that all eligible citizens in our community have the access and support they need to register, vote and have their voices heard in all federal, state and local elections. This has become a permanent priority of the Thunder organization.”

Last week, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed on a series of social reform priorities, including a significant focus on voting and using team arenas and other resources for voting purposes. As part of those efforts, the Thunder will use Chesapeake Arena as a site for non-partisan voter registration drives, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The arena will be open every Saturday at that same time through Oct. 4. These events will provide citizens with access to computers, printers, postage-paid envelopes and other resources for them to register to vote and, if they would like, apply for an absentee ballot, which would be mailed to them.

In addition to the arena registration events, The Thunder will coordinate with local leaders and organizations to take the register and vote message into neighborhoods throughout the community, with a goal of making the resources and information as accessible as possible.

The Thunder corporate offices at the arena will also make voter registration and other voting information available during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning Sept. 14.

Thunder Vote places an emphasis on education and access to all forms of voting to provide more citizens the ability to vote as easily and safely as possible. Due to the COVID-19 declared state emergency, the requirement to have absentee ballots notarized has been waived for the Nov. 3 general election. Only a copy of the voter’s valid ID will be required. In Oklahoma, voters do not need a stated reason to vote absentee by mail, and they can hand deliver their absentee ballots directly to their county election board up until the close of business on the day before the election if they choose.  

The Thunder is partnering with the Oklahoma State Election Board to help promote the agency’s OK Voter Portal (elections.ok.gov) which provides online access to registration forms, absentee voting information, sample ballots, polling place locations, early voting opportunities and other information specific to the individual voter. The OK Voter Portal can be used to fill out and print registration forms. It also allows registered voters to fill out and electronically submit absentee ballot requests. At its registration drives, the Thunder Vote program will offer free computer and printing access for citizens to use the OK Portal for those purposes, while also providing them the postage necessary to mail in those forms. 

Key provisions of Thunder Vote include:

  • Opening Chesapeake Energy Arena for voter registration drives every Saturday from Sept. 12-Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in advance of the Oct. 9 registration deadline. These events will include free public access to computers, printers, postage and other registration and voting resources.
  • Offering the Thunder corporate offices as a location to pick up voter registration forms and other voting information, Monday – Friday during regular business hours beginning Sept. 14.
  • Educating citizens about and supporting access to alternative voting methods offered under Oklahoma election laws, including early voting at county election boards in the days leading up to elections and absentee voting by mail.
  • Information efforts on issues such as registration deadlines, sample ballots and where to find external candidate and issue information, specifically via the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online OK Voter Portal.
  • An emphasis on ensuring all segments of the community have equal access to voting information and resources.
  • Working to educate young citizens of voting age on the importance of voting and offering them information and opportunities to register with events at schools, college campuses and other locations.
  • Utilizing the reach of Thunder social media, digital and broadcast platforms to spread the vote message. During the Orlando seeding and playoff games, the Thunder has been using its TV broadcast on FOX Sports Oklahoma to provide pertinent voting information.
  • Closing Thunder offices on federal and state election days, allowing staff the day to vote and take advantage of opportunities to volunteer at polling places.
  • Additional emphasis on encouraging participation in the U.S. Census.

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