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Vote like our future depends on it!

By Kaylee McDaniel / Lifestyle / June 23, 2020

If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s that the people elected to represent us matter. Luckily for us, 2020 is an important election year with opportunities to make an impact at every level of government. Your first major chance to participate in the democratic process this year is on Tuesday, June 30, when primary and special elections will be held at polling locations across the state.

At the congressional level, people in the Oklahoma City area will be voting for one U.S. Senate seat (currently held by incumbent and Republican candidate Sen. Jim Inhofe) and two House of Representative seats (District 4 held by Congressman Tom Cole and District 5 held by Congresswoman Kendra Horn, both of whom are running for re-election). Among the other down-ballot races is the election for Oklahoma County sheriff, a position that plays an important role in the ongoing criminal justice reform efforts of the county.

Oklahomans will also have the chance to vote on State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid and deliver health care for nearly 200,000 of our state’s residents. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, which has long supported extending health insurance coverage to more Oklahomans, supports the approval of this state question. Learn more.

You can view all of the elections that will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties. If you are registered to vote, you can also use the Oklahoma Voter Tool to view a sample ballot and request to vote absentee. If you want to avoid long lines and any health concerns that might present themselves on Election Day, request your absentee ballot by June 23.

So you wanna know more about SQ 802? 

The June 30 primary and special election will let Oklahomans decide whether or not to expand Medicaid in our state after more than 300,000 registered voters put Medicaid expansion on the ballot as State Question 802. SQ 802 will help hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma families who have jobs that don’t offer insurance. Right now, those families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to be able to a­fford coverage on the health insurance exchange.

A yes vote on SQ 802 would provide healthcare to nearly 200,000 Oklahomans—including more than 46,000 parents and 18,000 seniors. And this expansion of Medicaid would bring more than $1 billion in Oklahoma’s taxpayer dollars home from Washington, D.C., to create jobs, keep rural hospitals open and pay for health care here. A total of 36 other states have already expanded their Medicaid program. You can learn more about the benefits of a yes vote on SQ 802 at yeson802.org.

This content originally appeared on The Better Life blog.

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