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Oregon's Voter Registration Deadline Is Tuesday

Rachael McDonald

As the deadline to register to vote in Oregon approaches this Tuesday, October 13th, elections officials are confident in the state’s vote by mail process.

Oregon has been voting by mail for more than 20 years. Lane CountyClerk Cheryl Betschart said we have an excellent process in place.

“And we feel like the election will go on and be a successful election.”  Betschart said. “And we do expect a good turn out and we’re hopeful and grateful that people are contacting us with concerns and questions if they have them.”

Betschart said in every election, one of the biggest challenges is to deal with misinformation.

“So, it’s good to fact find.” Betschart said. “To check and make sure what’s really true, and we can help with that.”

The deadline for Oregonians to register to vote in the November 3rd election is next Tuesday, October 13th.

Betschart said the motor voter law in Oregon automatically registers people to vote at the DMV, unless they opt out.

“Our registration has continued to climb since that law changed in 2016.” Betschart said. “So we’re, it’s exciting that many people are registered already, so some just need to get us their updated information so they can get their ballot at the correct address.”

People can check the status of their registration at oregonvotes.gov/myvote.  Registration can be done online, or people can mail or hand deliver voter registration forms to their county elections office by midnight Tuesday.  Ballots will be mailed out next Thursday October 15th.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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