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Governor Brown Signs New Motor Voter Bill Into Law

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:00

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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today signed Oregon's New Motor Voter bill, which removes barriers to voter registration and makes it as easy as possible for eligible Oregonians to receive a ballot. 

"Oregon is a true leader in voter access," Governor Brown said. "I encourage every eligible Oregonian to participate in the process, and I challenge other states to examine their policies and find ways to ensure there are as few barriers as possible to civic engagement."

While speaking to a packed crowd in the Governor's Ceremonial Office, Governor Brown emphasized that the state has the ability to make voter registration more cost effective, more secure, and more convenient for Oregonians. The Governor led efforts on the legislation when she served as Secretary of State.

The Governor thanked many partners who worked to pass the legislation and whose mission it is to protect the right to vote and educate voters. Organizations can now spend their resources educating and engaging voters rather than spending time and energy on voter registration, the Governor added.

"Your voice is your vote," Governor Brown said, "and every single voice matters."

Among those she thanked were: Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum; House Majority Leader Val Hoyle; Sens. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Chip Shields, and Sara Gelser; Reps. Lew Frederick, Brent Barton, and Shemia Fagan; and the Oregon Association of County Clerks. The Governor also recognized the League of Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon Student Association, CAUSA, The Bus Project, Urban League of Portland, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Oregon Voice, and her former staff in the Secretary of State's Office.