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The Oklahoma Prosperity Project to kick off Register to Count Week

Oklahoma City_Press Release_ More than 100 businesses of all sizes across Oklahoma on Monday will kick off "Register to Count Week," a voter registration initiative by The Oklahoma Prosperity Project and The State Chamber of Oklahoma.

Oct. 10 is the last day Oklahomans can register to vote or make changes to their registration, including name and address, to vote on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Organizations throughout Oklahoma will be holding special employee and customer events throughout the week. Many will take a new approach - hosting an E-Drive - by using e-mail messages to encourage their workforce to register to vote.

"From the newest employee to the CEO, the economy affects everyone at a business," said Kris Rush, director of The Oklahoma Prosperity Project. "When Oklahoma companies are successful, our economy runs at full steam and jobs are secure. Electing candidates who understand economic development and what it takes to keep Oklahoma competitive is a priority - but to vote, we must be registered first."

Rush said she was excited about the number of businesses hosting voter registration drives for at least the second year and by the number of businesses hosting one for the first time. Many make the event festive, offering all employees hotdogs, ice cream and soft drinks, and entertainment during their events.

BOK Financial and the Williams Company co-hosted a drive that registered 246 employees in their shared building in downtown Tulsa in 2006, and will get the word out to employees across the state this year.

"Not only was this a big success for us in the past but it also was a ton of fun for our employees," said Jesse Boudiette, vice president for corporate communications for Bank of Oklahoma and BOK Financial. "When the opportunity arose to co-host another drive this year, we saw it as a no-brainer. An educated workforce creates a successful workplace."

Kathy Oden-Hall, senior communications manager for Dell Inc., said it didn't take Dell leaders long to decide to host their first voter registration drive at the Oklahoma City Dell facility with the help of the Oklahoma Prosperity Project.

"Providing access to non-partisan information and easy voter registration is a win-win for Dell employees and Oklahoma," Oden-Hall said. "Our employees get easy, on-site voter registration resulting in more informed, engaged Oklahoma voters." 

After registering to vote, Oklahomans can visit www.okprosperity.com to review a survey that quizzed candidates on issues affecting the economy.

About The Oklahoma Prosperity Project: The Prosperity Project is a nonpartisan election education service sponsored by The State Chamber of Oklahoma. More than 1,320 leading Oklahoma companies - representing more than 512,000 employees - and 90 local chambers of commerce and trade associations are involved, encouraging their employees and members to go to the polls informed. It does not endorse candidates.

 

The Prosperity Project simply assists Oklahomans to register to vote, learn about the candidates and issues that affect Oklahoma's economy and workforce, and vote on Election Day. It provides free breakroom posters, payroll stuffers, talking points for staff meetings, and other useful tools for Oklahoma companies to help their employees get involved.  For more information on the Oklahoma Prosperity Project, visit www.okprosperity.com.

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