Efforts to open up Oregon's primary elections to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation have again faltered, leaving about 1.3 million voters still unable to cast ballots in Democratic or Republican races.
A lawsuit filed last week in Mississippi follows a similar one last year in North Dakota, both brought in heavily Republican states before conservative federal courts. Democratic and voting rights groups are concerned about the potential impact beyond those two states if a judge rules that deadlines for receiving mailed ballots that stretch past Election Day, Nov. 5, violate federal law.
If he returns to the White House, the former president has promised to enact a hardline immigration agenda that includes stopping migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and reimposing his first-term travel ban that originally targeted seven Muslim-majority countries.
Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps, who oversees the city’s transportation bureau, said he plans on asking his colleagues on City Council to refer the tax to the May 2024 ballot. The 10-cent-per-gallon tax could generate an estimated $70.5 million over a four-year period on programs that improve Portland’s streets.
The city's charter says if the number of vacancies on the council exceeds the number of members, those vacancies shall be filled by a special election. With three of the council's five members recalled, Brookings voters expected a special election to fill the vacated seats with new members. However, city councilors found an alternative.
Numerous Democrats in the Washington Legislature are backing a new proposal to make voting in elections compulsory. Citizens are required by law to cast ballots in about 25 counties, but in no other U.S. states. Republicans in Olympia described the idea as "un-American."