“Just because you were convicted of a felony doesn’t mean your ability to weigh in on the state’s government has no merit. Even if you’re released on exceptional behavior back into your community, working, spending time with your family and friends, you are still not a full citizen in Oklahoma.”

– Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, speaking about a rule that disallows Oklahomans convicted of felonies from voting for the full length of their sentence, regardless of whether they’ve been released early.  Some 54,000 Oklahomans are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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