Salem, OR—Secretary of State Dennis Richardson invites the public to comment on his proposed administrative rule to expand voter access in Oregon.
What: Voter Access Rule Public Hearing
Where: Public Service Building 255 Capitol St NE, Room # 500(e), Salem (Across from the Capitol Building.)
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 3 pm
Citizens who cannot attend the public hearing can submit their written testimony electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: In April, Secretary Richardson announced plans to issue an administrative rule to make voting easier for Oregonians who haven't voted in a while.
As it stands now, each election, tens of thousands of Oregonians are not mailed ballots because their voter registrations were moved to inactive status.This was done because these citizens either did not vote or did not update their registration information for five years.The Secretary is planning to extend this period to 10 years.
The Secretary of State's office estimates that this will restore or protect voting access for at least 60,000 registered voters.The purpose of this rule it to keep more people engaged in Oregon's democratic process such as military members serving overseas, out-of-state college students, and people who have not voted in a while.
This rule would not affect people who move. Movers will still have to update their address with DMV or the Elections Division to receive a ballot.