REMARKS AS PREPARED
Motor Voter Press Conference
Feb. 4, 2016
Over thirty years ago, Del Reilly, the clerk of Linn County had a vision to make voting as convenient and accessible as possible by putting a ballot in the hands of every eligible Oregonian through vote by mail.
This legislation will fully implement that goal by ensuring that virtually every eligible Oregonian will be able to have their voice be heard.
Building on the federal Motor Voter Bill,
This legislation will modernize how the DMV and the SOS work to register citizens to vote,
During the testimony on the bill, a legislator said to me,
It’s already so easy to register, why would we make it easier?
My answer is that we have the tools to make voter registration more cost effective, more secure and more convenient for Oregonians,
Why wouldn’t we?
This New Motor Voter law allows organizations to spend their resources educating and engaging voters rather spending enormous amounts of time and energy to do voter registration ensuring that our government is one that works for all of us.
I am so pleased that under our Secretary of State Atkins’ leadership, Oregon is a true leader in accessibility to voting,
Your vote is your voice and every voice matters.
Under this legislation, more voices will be heard!