SECRETARY OF STATE CHALLENGES VOTERS TO IMPROVE TURNOUT FOR MAY PRIMARY ELECTION
Eligible voters can register online or fill out a paper form by April 29
SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown today challenged voters to improve Oregon’s low turn-out for Primary elections.
“In the last Primary with a gubernatorial race, less than 42% of registered voters cast ballots,” said Secretary Brown. “I know we can do better because three counties cleared the 60% threshold in that election. I’m challenging voters to help earn their county the distinction of having the highest turnout in the state.”
In the 2010 Primary, Lake County led the state with 64% turnout. Harney and Gilliam counties also cleared the 60% threshold.
The 2012 Primary featured a presidential race, but turnout was even worse: just 39% of Oregon voters participated.
In order to vote, you need to be registered. The deadline to register for the upcoming Primary is April 29. Paper registration forms must be received by 5 p.m. You can register online or go to Oregonvotes.gov. You need an Oregon Driver’s License or official state ID. You can register online until 11:59 p.m.
he Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet went into the mail this week.Next week, county clerks across the state begin sending out ballots to registered voters.
Election Day is May 20.
“As Oregon’s Secretary of State, sometimes I have to tell hard truths,” said Secretary Brown. “And the truth is we need to do a better job participating in our democracy. I know we can do better. The voters of Lake, Harney and Gilliam counties are proof that the rest of us can do better. So, vote! Be heard! Help your county earn the honor of being No. 1.”