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Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out

Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out

Americans are required to register if they want to vote; as of this week, Oregonians will have to register not to. In front of a packed and cheering audience Monday, Gov. Kate Brown signed a first-in-the-nation bill to automatically register all eligible Oregonians to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license or state identification card. Those who are registered through the new process will be notified by mail and will be given three weeks to take themselves off the voting rolls. If they do not opt out, the secretary of state’s office will mail them a ballot automatically 20 days before any election. When Brown signed House Bill 2177 into law, she was building on...

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