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Oregon House Passes Voter Registration Bill

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon House has passed a bill expanding the state's Automatic Voter Registration system. It started in 2015 with the Motor-Voter law that requires anyone interacting with the DMV to be automatically registered to vote. The bill that passed the house on a party line vote with a Democratic majority expands the program to Oregon Health Plan members. Democrats argued voting should be convenient, accessible, and secure. Republicans objected saying the Oregon Health Authority doesn't have the expertise to run the program and the recent resignation of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan creates doubt the voter registration system should be expanded. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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