Quote of the Day 8/17/2016

“We estimated in this case that there are more than one million people in Oklahoma without identification. And the thing is when you make it harder to vote, people just stop voting.”

– James Thomas, an attorney who is representing a client in challenging Oklahoma’s Voter ID law. The case was dismissed this week, but Thomas plans to appeal (Source). Oklahoma saw record low turnout in the 2014 midterm elections; read our ideas for repairing our broken democracy.


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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