Oregon has reached a new milestone with 3 million registered voters. Benton County lending a hand with an added 309 voters since September 2021 – an increase of 1.20%.
Due to easy voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, known as the Oregon Motor Vote Law from 2016, and our early adoption of a Vote By Mail system which was first approved in 1981 and made a permanent feature in 1987, the New York Times recently ranked Oregon as the easiest place to vote in the US.
Our neighbor to the north, Washington, comes in at number two, and our neighbor to the south, California, is number six. The hardest place to vote in the US is New Hampshire.
In a press release, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said, “Over the last 40 years, Republicans and Democrats in Oregon have worked together to build a system that is consistently ranked as the most accessible voting system in America. Just like our beautiful coast and mountain ranges, strong Tribal partnerships, or events like the Pendleton Round-up, voting is something Oregonians take pride in.”