Welcome to the OU Voting Resources Site!
We're here to serve as a one-stop-shop for all of your questions about exercising your right to vote. Peruse these pages for information on voting in Oklahoma, out of state, by mail/absentee, and in person. You can also learn more about opportunities to participate in civic-minded student organizations and the state of voter participation on campus. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have further questions or would like to see something on the site that it's here already. Happy voting!
In the fall of 2004, The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center became one of the founding cohort members of the Harvard National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. The National Campaign is a consortium of 21 institutions pursuing projects in civic engagement. It is staffed by the Institute of Politics in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Our joining launched an initiative that effectively established our civic engagement activities at the Carl Albert Center.
That same year, keeping students at the forefront of the conversation, the Civic Engagement Fellowship was created. This is a paid fellowship where fellows have the opportunity to host events related to civic engagement on campus, e.g. voter registration drives, politics and pizza, developing a Norman Youth Council, and developing programs to engage women in politics.
In the fall of 2018, conversations began among the Civic Engagement Fellows to expand their efforts into a larger student-led organization grounded in nonpartisan civic engagement work. Expansion would allow for more students to be brought into the conversation and for more ambitious events and campaigns. Oklahoma Votes officially launched in 2019 as a student-led nonpartisan organization.
Today, Civic Engagement Fellows serve as the co-chairs for the Oklahoma Votes Executive Team. Oklahoma Votes is a student-led nonpartisan initiative focusing on voter engagement, student voting, and education while helping to advance the University of Oklahoma's role of supporting the democratic and civic engagement of OU students.