Tuesday is the last day to register to vote or to change party affiliation for the Oregon primary election. Registration cards that are postmarked by Tuesday or submitted online before midnight are valid for the primary on May 20.
State officials estimate that about three million Oregonians are eligible to vote, but so far only about two million have registered.
Tony Green is with Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office. He says voter turnout rates depend a lot on what issues and candidates are on the ballot.
“Secretary Brown is challenging voters to make their county be the top participant in this election. Not all counties have a voter turnout as low as the statewide average,” Green says. “And the secretary is hoping that Oregonians will want to have their county move up in the rankings.”
Green says that in the last primary election, less than half of registered voters cast ballots. He says the state wants to improve Oregon’s low figures.
County clerks across the state will begin sending out ballots to registered voters this week.