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Oregon 'Motor Voter' Law Adds 10,000 New Voters


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown holds up an automatic voter registration bill after signing it, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Salem, Oregon.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown holds up an automatic voter registration bill after signing it, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Salem, Oregon.

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A new law that automatically registers eligible voters in Oregon has added nearly 10,000 voters to the rolls since Jan. 1.

The Bulletin reports that the system registers voters after they obtain or renew their driver’s license, permit or identification card.

Officials with the Secretary of State’s Office say it is expected to take eight years for the DMV to contact nearly every eligible voter in the state as licenses and IDs come up for renewal.

Oregon has had high voter turnout in recent elections. Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship says it will be interesting to see if the newly registered voters come out to the polls in November.

 

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