Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum hopes to calm concerns around voting security with a new hotline for those having ballot problems. The hotline, 971-673-4111, was announced in a Tweet this past Friday.
The coronavirus pandemic is driving the tension around voting this year. While Oregon has been using mail-in and drop-off ballots from more than two decades, and was the first state to do so, most states voting by mail this year have no experience.
Voting is easier in Oregon than any other state, according to a team of political scientists who track voting issues.
“Oregon, which has one of the most progressive automatic voter registration processes and mail-in voting, maintains the first position as the easiest state in which to vote,” the researchers said online ahead of being published in a scholarly journal.
Election officials reported increased voter registration, the deadline for which passed on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Oregon Secretary of State Office also reported rising voter registration ahead of the presidential election, including a surge in registration for first-time voters. Ballots went out Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Important election dates:
Oct 22: All voters should have received ballots
Oct 27: Last day to safely return your ballot by mail
Nov 3: Election Day. Ballots due by 8 p.m.
Nov 23: Final official election results certified
By Cody Mann