Tuesday is the deadline for Oregonians to register to vote in this year’s November 5 elections. The state typically has high voter turnout but lags in voter registration.
Only about 75-percent of Oregonians who are eligible to vote are registered.
And Secretary of State Kate Brown is not impressed with this figure. She says voter turnout in Oregon is high, but, “Our voter registration, nationally, is mediocre. So we’re in the middle of the pack.”
Earlier this year Brown introduced legislation that she says would modernize and simplify voter registration in Oregon.
The measure called for using driver’s license data to automatically register people who are eligible. But critics said it would increase voter fraud, and the bill didn’t pass.
Oregonians have until midnight Tuesday to register online. County clerk offices will accept paper registrations until 5 p.m.
Mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than October 15.
Since September 23, Brown’s office has registered 2,798 new voters. Online registration accounted for 374 of new registrants.