SALEM – New voter registration data released yesterday by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office shows that the state is on track to add over 250,000 new voters through the Oregon Motor Voter program in time for the November general election. Oregon now has over 2.5 million voters for the first time in the state’s history.
“Oregon has grown over the last four years and we have actively worked to register new Oregonians as voters. Moreover, there is an unprecedented public interest in this election cycle,” said Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins. “I am predicting that more Oregonians will vote in this November’s election than in any election prior. Oregon Motor Voter will add over 250,000 new voters to the rolls and voter registration drives across the state are helping people get registered to vote or update their registration. It’s safe to say that the November 8th will be one of the busiest elections in Oregon’s modern history.”
Secretary Atkins encourages Oregonians to visit OregonVotes.gov to check their registration status. The voter registration deadline is next Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at midnight.
“Even if you have registered in the past, get on our website and check your status to make sure your address is accurate,” said Atkins. “Ballots aren’t forwarded if you move or change your address, so it’s absolutely critical that voters make sure that we have up to date information on file for this upcoming election.”
Unlike with ballots, postmarks do count for meeting next week’s voter registration deadline on October 18th. Oregonians who are already active registered voters and need to update your registration address or other information can do so up until Election Day. However, delaying this update may mean your ballot arrives later than usual.
Oregon’s innovative voter registration law, Oregon Motor Voter, took effect on January 1, 2016. This law was created by House Bill 2177, passed by the Legislature in the 2015 session and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown. The program modernizes voter registration in Oregon and provides a secure, simple, and convenient way for more Oregonians to become registered voters.
For more information on Oregon Motor Voter, please visit OregonMotorVoter.gov. Previous data reports are available at the Elections Statistics page of the Secretary of State website. Oregonians can sign up to follow the Secretary of State’s blog or follow the Oregon Elections Twitter for upcoming voter education updates.