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Oregon has new major political party – The Independent Party

Secretary of State Kate Brown Courtesy photo

Secretary of State Kate Brown
Courtesy photo

SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown has announced that the Independent Party of Oregon has achieved major party status.

Oregon law requires that a major political party have membership totalling at least 5 percent of the number of registered voters in the most recent General Election. Based on the official results of the 2014 General Election, a major political party must have at least 108,739 members.

On Feb. 2, the Independent Party of Oregon had 108,742 members. On that date, a party official inquired about the process for the Secretary of State to officially determine that the party had met the major party threshold.

Accordingly, as of Feb. 2, the Independent Party of Oregon is a major political party in Oregon, subject to the re-verification of that status as a major political party on Aug. 17. Major party status is subject to a statutorily required re-verification on the 274th day before the next Primary Election.

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