Some party members point to a move by county GOP officials who've been usurping the precinct's authority to set their own biennial Precinct meetings. This leaves neighborhood Republicans looking to the county to organize their election day efforts. For several yearsnow, the Oklahoma City metro Republicans have met in locations miles away from some precincts. This discourages participation because:
The OKGOP Rules specifically mandate that there will be a precinct meeting "in every precinct". So only if a precinct specifically asks and receives specific approval, can they hold their meeting in a specified site outside the precinct boundaries. This has historically been sought when a large group has a convenient meeting room available adjacent to the precinct, and no precinct committee member has offered to host the meeting in their home.
There are now some county officials who are bullying precincts into a mandated public meeting place, even though the permanent party rules forbid such meddling.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...