Bailey Williams

Hey fellow Dems! We are kicking off the start of winter break with another Member Monday, which gives you a chance to get to know one of our members a little bit better.
Meet Bailey Williams, a sophomore from Troy, Ohio studying Economics in the Honors Tutorial College! Bailey is the Membership Director for the OU College Democrats, which means he is responsible for keeping membership and retention rates high, as well as increasing diversity. Issues he is passionate about include voter rights, criminal justice reform, and income inequality. In addition to being in the Honors Tutorial College, Bailey is a member of the Templeton Scholars Program for minority undergraduates who excel in and outside of classroom while demonstrating citizenship through leadership and community service. Outside of his activities with the College Democrats, Bailey is conducting research on the correlation between photo identification laws and lower minority voter turnout in the state of South Carolina. This is a common tool used by conservative state legislators to limit minority voter turnout, since those groups tend to vote for the Democratic Party. South Carolina is just one of many states to enact these discriminatory laws since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was gutted by the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case in 2013. Bailey is fighting to establish voter protections for these vulnerable groups of people.