SALEM – As the October 16 deadline neared, Oregon’s online voter registration system experienced unusually high volume. More than 8,500 Oregonians used the system on Monday and nearly 20,000 on Tuesday’s deadline. The busiest time period was just hours before the deadline, Tuesday evening between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. when more than 2,000 Oregonians visited www.oregonvotes.gov to register.
“We live in an online world, that is precisely why we brought online voter registration to Oregon nearly 3 years ago” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “County clerks praise the system because it saves time and money and most importantly, it makes it easier for eligible Oregonians to participate in the democratic process.”
Since online voter registration was implemented in March 2010, more than 240,000 Oregonians have used the online system. The site also offers many additional tools including the ability to update voter information, such as an address or change political affiliation. Oregonians can also find the nearest official drop box, track their ballot ensuring it is received by their county elections office and look at a personalized voter’s pamphlet.
While the deadline to register to vote has expired, Oregonians can still make address changes either online or with your county elections official up until the General Election on November 6, 2012.