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Committee Leans Toward Change To How Bend Elects Its Leaders

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Bend residents may soon have the option to change how their city is governed.

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'OPB Politics Now': Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 3:12 p.m.

This time, we dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time: gun control and health care.

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Oregon Redistricting Task Force Wants To Strip Power From Lawmakers

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 4:52 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A task force created by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is recommending a significant change to Oregon's redistricting process.

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Russian Hackers Attempted To Access Oregon Voter Information In 2016

OPB | Sept. 22, 2017 3:27 p.m. | Portland

The Department of Homeland Security informed Oregon officials Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access voter information during the 2016 election.

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Tacoma Detention Center | Election Reform | Transit Security

OPB | July 26, 2017 noon | Portland

We hear about conditions for women in a Tacoma immigration detention facility, a conference on election reform, and why bus riders want fewer armed transit police officers.

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Richardson Says No To White House Election Inquiry

OPB | June 30, 2017 2:20 p.m. | Portland

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson faced pressure from other Oregon leaders over a White House request for help with its investigation into alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election.

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Study: Oregon 'Motor Voter' Program Boosted Turnout And Diversity Of Voters

OPB | June 7, 2017 11:55 a.m. | Portland

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.

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Oregon's Congressional Democrats Push For National Vote-By-Mail

OPB | May 25, 2017 11:58 a.m. | Portland

Both of Oregon’s senators and four U.S. representatives announced the introduction of a bill Thursday that would require “every state to provide registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail."

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Klamath Falls Man Launches Effort To Lift City Ban On Recreational Marijuana Sales

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | May 4, 2017 1:28 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

“Any prohibition isn’t keeping people from using marijuana,” Klamath Falls resident Jonah Hakanson said. “It’s keeping a business from existing."

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Pre-Paid Mail-In Ballots | Palindromes | Tides

OPB | March 22, 2017 noon | Portland, Oregon.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal: What's a Palindrome? Also today, we learn about the science and mystery of ocean tides. And we hear about a bill that would include pre-paid postage for Oregon's mail-in ballots.

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Should Oregon's Top Education Official Be An Elected Office Again?

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:34 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregonians to once again vote for the state’s top education official.

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No Voter Fraud In Oregon, Says Secretary Of State

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 12:02 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's new secretary of state, Dennis Richardson, says vote-by-mail and Motor Voter help prevent fraud.

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Voting In Oregon? All You Need Is 1 Stamp

OPB | Oct. 25, 2016 12:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

No matter where you live in Oregon, all you need is a single first-class stamp if you want to return your ballot by mail.

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Combative Campaigns, Competing Narratives Drive Lopsided Washington Governor's Race

Northwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2016 3:25 p.m.

Washington’s race for governor is a lopsided affair. Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee has a three-to-one fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Bill Bryant.

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Report: Trump Losses May Mean He Didn't Pay Taxes For Years

AP | Oct. 1, 2016 9:59 p.m. | Washington

Donald Trump's business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years, according to records obtained by The New York Times.

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Secretary Of State Candidates Make Their Case In Eugene

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 4:55 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Three of the candidates for Oregon Secretary of State made their case voters in Eugene on Friday.

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration Yields Surge In Registered Voters

OPB | Sept. 13, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The number of registered voters in the state has increased 14 percent over the past year.

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Oregon Poll: Clinton Leads Trump; Brown Ahead Of Pierce In Governor's Race

OPB | Sept. 7, 2016 3:41 p.m. | Portland

The independent poll shows Democratic candidates leading in key Oregon races, but many voters remain undecided.

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Portland Commissioner Proposes Matching Small Donations

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 noon | Portland

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz wants to revive publicly financed elections. She's proposing a matching fund  designed to make small donations count for more.  

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Voter Information Not Compromised After Clackamas County Terminal Accessed

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 4:53 p.m. | Portland

A Clackamas County elections computer with a potential security problem did not compromise confidential voter information, county officials said Friday.