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Oklahoma group launches "Bad Voter" website, exposing voting records

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Compared to the rest of America, Oklahoma ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to engaging in the civic duty of voting.

As a result of this widespread problem, a group of local activists launched BadVoter.org today, an online tool designed to increase voter turnout.

“We want to increase awareness of voting frequency to encourage and increase participation,” said David Glover, a prominent Oklahoma activist and lead developer of BadVoter.org, the site that exposes the voting record frequency of 2 million Oklahomans.

Glover added that the goal is not to shame people so much as to encourage all voters in Oklahoma to take advantage of the opportunity that voting offers.

Glover told Red Dirt Report that a recent Pew Charitable Trust study notes that the Sooner State ranks 49 out of 50 in voter turnout, while another study, from Tufts University, revealed that Millennials, specifically, rank 50 out of 50 in the U.S. in voter turnout.

According to Richard Hilbert, 90, a retired sociology professor at the University of Oklahoma, the Bad Voter creators have the best intentions for the online tool.

“We hope by creating awareness about the voting habits of Oklahomans, voters will be shamed, I mean encouraged into voting more regularly,” Hilbert said in a press statement.

With Oklahomans preparing for the upcoming major primary race on June 24th, numerous seats are open in the Oklahoma legislature. And with U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) retiring due to health reasons, a Senate seat is open and several U.S. House of Representatives seats are up for grabs.

A particularly unique part of BadVoter.org is how it features the voting records of many well-known Oklahoma residents, showing how long it has been since they last voted. Among them are Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (neither have voted) and country singers Wanda Jackson (Goodman) who last voted 840 days ago and Toby Keith (Covel) who last voted 595 days ago.

It was 595 days ago when Thunder player Nick Collison last voted and 2,331 days since Osage County-based Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond last voted.

“Right now, people have no way of knowing how often their friends and neighbors vote," Glover said. "This new online tool allows citizens to reset their civic engagement grade to an A+ multiple times a year.”

For more information go to http://www.badvoter.org.

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