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Abby Broyles launches non-profit to increase Oklahoma voter participation

Posted at 10:41 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 11:46:41-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Abby Broyles, a 2020 Democratic nominee for the United States Senate, announced she's launching a non-profit to boost Oklahoma voter participation.

In 2020 records show only 55 percent of the 2.85 million eligible Oklahomans voted.

Broyles hopes Grit for Democracy, Inc. will encourage the next generation of Oklahomans to engage in the democratic process. Broyles will serve as the President and CEO of the organization.

I couldn't be more excited to continue the momentum from our campaign with launching Grit for Democracy. With the lowest voter participation in the country, it's going to take a grassroots movement to change the political landscape in our state. I'm making it my mission to ensure every Oklahoman from every walk of life is seen and heard.
Abby Broyles

Broyles says Grit for Democracy will:

  • fund and launch statewide voter registration initiatives
  • develop digital voter education campaigns
  • train volunteers to mobilize voters

Broyles said she plans to focus on college and university students.

"Increasing participation among young voters is critical in Oklahoma, and we laid the groundwork in our Senate campaign connecting with young people on campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, Stillwater, and Lawton. But we have to continue to invest in them. Their future – from their healthcare to student loan debt to the job market – depends on their participation in our elections. First, we have to energize their generation to get more involved," Broyles said.

In 2020, Broyles had more donors of any Democrat in the state's history, officials said. She lost Oklahoma County, the state's most populated county, by less than one percent of the vote.

CLICK HERE for more information on Grit for Democracy.

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