Salem, OR—Six years ago today, Gov. Kate Brown signed Oregon’s groundbreaking, first in the nation automatic voter registration legislation, often referred to as "Motor Voter,” into law. https://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/2015/03/kate_brow...
The legislation helped spawn similar efforts across the country, bolstering Oregon’s reputation as a leader in election accessibility and security.
“At a perilous time for voting rights across our nation, I am so proud to live in a state where Oregonians from across the political spectrum work together for fair, secure, and reliable access to the ballot box,” said Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, who supported Motor Voter as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2015. https://youtu.be/RnB__4XXURQ
“Oregonians from all walks of life can be proud of the fact that our state is a national model for how elections should be run.”
According to the latest annual report prepared by the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, 90,769 people were registered to vote through the Motor Voter law in 2020. https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/registr...
To date, 20 states and the District of Columbia have implemented some form of automatic voter registration.
To view Oregon Motor Voter annual reports and historical data dating back to January, 2016, click here.
To learn more about how Oregon’s Motor Voter law works, click here.