Sixteen-year-olds may soon be able to pre-register to vote in Oregon. That's according to a bill passed by the state's House of Representatives Monday.
A new study finds that Oregon's "motor voter" program helped increase voter participation and drove turnout among younger, minority, rural and low-income voters.
Under the new law, Oregonians 18 and up are automatically registered to vote while renewing or applying for a driver's license or state ID card, but they can't pick a party at that time. That's a problem with Oregon's closed primary system.
The Oregon Secretary of State is expecting an influx of new voters come Jan. 1, when automatic voter registration begins.