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Oregon Secretary of State Seeks Increase in Voter Registration


Postcards should arrive this week in nearly one million Oregon mailboxes.  They’re promoting a higher turnout in November’s election.  But they’re not being sent in support of a political party or candidate.  

Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the postcards will come from the Secretary of State’s office.  They’ll contain instructions on how to register to vote:

Levis:  “It’s a statewide effort to people who, through multiple different data bases, seem as if they’re not a registered voter and try to get them to register and be able to vote.”

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State’s office joined ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, a national project to increase voter registration.  Oregon has a voting age population of three million people, of whom approximately one third are not registered to vote.

Residents who receive postcards and believe they are already registered are encouraged to verify their status online at oregonvotes dot org. The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is October 14th.

Claude Offenbacher was a reporter and host at KLCC from 1999-2012. He currently volunteers as front desk support and PSA writer.
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