Motor Voter to happen in OR

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    A sweeping voter registration bill that could add another 300,000 to Oregon’s voting rolls won final passage in the Oregon Senate on Thursday on a 17-13 vote and heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her promised signature.

    The so-called “New Motor Voter Bill” was promoted by Brown when she was secretary of state as a way to remove many of the barriers to voting, particularly for younger and poorer Oregonians who tend to move more often.


    This makes all kinds of sense. Very good call.

    I work with younger voters from time to time. It’s very difficult to get them to sign up, and they all want to vote by phone too.


    Here’s a map on voting turnout:

    Take a look at the generally regressive south and it’s turnout rates…

    Just found out the way this will work is the DMV will share the necessary info with the Secretary of State, who then registers everybody who could vote.

    And! They get a little postcard in the mail with some basic info and options!

    This is nice, positive voting policy. Voting matters as we all know. When I’ve worked with younger people, getting them to register is difficult. If they are registered, it’s a lot easier to get them to vote.

    It’s like something they are ready to do and they need to do instead of getting ready to do something that they would then need to do.

    I expect to see much better youth numbers going forward from this.

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