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'We have the ability to change things:' Thunder's Chris Paul stresses importance of voting

Chris Paul is using his platform to call for increased voter turnout. 

The Thunder point guard filmed a video Saturday night for the 13th annual Roots Picnic, which partnered with When We All Vote. 

"Only 40% of Black people ages 18 to 24 voted in 2016," Paul said. "That is not OK, but we can change that. For centuries, Black people in America have had to fight for equal rights and justice under the law. 

"Here's what we know. When we organize, when we strategize, when we come together, and when we vote, we have the ability to change things. We can make our communities stronger, and overall we can make our country stronger, but we have to come together." 

Paul is a co-chair of When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is "on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting," according to its website

The organization was launched in 2018 by Paul and co-chairs Michelle Obama, Janelle Monae, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. 

"Voting for leaders at every level of government is a foundational step to ensure that the justice system reflects the values of the communities they serve," Paul said. "Join us today by getting ready and getting registered to vote." 

Registered voters can participate in Oklahoma's primary election Tuesday. 

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Chris Paul speaks during the dedication of a refurbished basketball court at Family TREE in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Chris Paul speaks during the dedication of a refurbished basketball court at Family TREE in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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