In the election process, casting your vote, and the steps the lead up to it are virtually frozen in the past. “I’ve never met a government process that can’t be modernized,” said Oklahoma State Senator David Holt, looking to kick start election reform with a series of bills that would hopefully increase voter turnout. How bad have things gotten? “In 1992 over 70% of Oklahomans voted in the Presidential election, but in 2012 only 50%, third worst in the nation,” he said. The bills would do things such as online voter registration, and voting by mail like folks do in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. … As for one day actually voting online? “We’re a ways off, decades probably,” said Holt.
Case in point, the only votes cast online in Tulsa right now are for who has the best toenails. The long road to election reform, one small pink toe-nailed step at a time.
“It’s a great way to raise money and humiliate men at the same time,” laughed Judi Westcott Grove of Turn Tulsa Pink. They have teamed up with some Oilers to raise awareness.
“Everybody needs to vote, and I’d love to see a way to get more people out to vote, but I’m not sure doing online is the best way, but it’s the best way to get toenails chosen,” she laughed.