Voting will finally be free in Oregon, with every single mailbox becoming a dropbox. This reform will help ensure there’s a ballot in the hands of every eligible voter, and that everyone participates. Signed into law on August 2nd, 2019, it is estimated that this bill will increase voter turnout by an astonishing 5-10%!
One of the biggest barriers to voting is registration. By getting young pre-registered to vote before they turn 18, we’re helping build good habits and strong voters. We led the charge for pre-registration in 2007 and again in 2017, and as of January 1, 2018, all eligible 16 and 17 year-olds can pre-register to vote! According to Oregon's Secretary of State office, "77,800 16 and 17 year-olds were preregistered through the state’s AVR program between 2016 and 2018."
We led the effort to pass Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) at the DMV in 2015, and over 400,000 Oregonians have been registered to vote since then. We want to do better, so we’re working to expand AVR to even more state agencies. We won’t stop until every eligible Oregonian has the opportunity to register to vote
Can you imagine a time when you couldn't register to vote online? We do! In 2008 we helped pass online voter registration. In addition, we also worked with Oregon Students and OSPIRG to pass voter registration accessibility requirements for all high schools in Oregon.