SALEM- The Oregon Republican Party’s decision to partially open the May Primary to Oregon’s non-affiliated voters will be executed according to Oregon statute.
“My goal is to make this process as simple and cost effective as possible for all Oregonians,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “We are following Oregon statute and aggressively trying to reach the state’s more than 400,000 registered non-affiliated voters.”
The Secretary of State’s Election Division will mail a postcard to all registered non-affiliated voters during the week of March 12, 2012. The postcard will notify the voter that they are eligible to vote on a portion of the Republican ballot in the May primary. The party opened their primary only to statewide races for Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State. Voters requesting a portion of the Republican ballot will not be able to vote for Presidential candidates in the primary.
In order for a non-affiliated voter to receive the partial Republican primary ballot, state law requires the voter first request in writing that ballot from their county clerk. The postcard mailed by the state Elections Division will serve as the request form, as long as a voter returns it to their county clerk by the deadline. All requests must be received by April 24, 2012. Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Postcards to Military and Overseas voters will go out March 9, 2012. These voters can return their request for a ballot via email, fax or traditional mail.
Ballots with all non-partisan contests and the three Republican contests will be mailed to those non-affiliated voters who have requested the partial Republican ballot. Ballots will be mailed to military and overseas voters on March 30th, and to all other voters between April 27th and 30th.
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MSNBC featured the success of Oregon’s pilot program making iPads accessible to voters with disabilities in the first congressional district. Oregon Secretary Kate Brown and Lori Steele, Chairman and CEO of Everyone Counts, Inc were both interviewed by MSNBC’s Craig Melvin.
Secretary Brown shared her optimism about the pilot and explained that the second phase will kick off in January with the General Election. After the General election, officials will gather information from those who used the iPad - disability groups and county elections crews - to decide if the technology will be implemented statewide.
Watch the video: Oregon tests voting by iPad
County Clerk Maeve Grimes exploring voting assistive device with Secretary Brown
On Tuesday, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown concluded her tour of all five Oregon counties taking part in the November 8 special primary election. These five counties are part of a pilot project lead by the Secretary of State’s Elections Division. With a goal of making voting more accessible to those with disabilities, each of the counties were given a portable computer or iPad. The applications available on the iPad can assist Oregon voters with limited visibility or other issues causing them difficulty filling out their mail-in ballots.
In Washington County, Deborah Houghton a resident at an assisted living facility found the iPad helpful because she couldn’t read the fine print on her ballot. Members of Washington County’s Voter Assistance Team brought the iPad to Deborah. Using the screen to make the print larger Deborah was able to read the voter’s guide and the ballot for herself and vote. “This is so much better,” said Deborah. “I’ll be back in January to use the iPad again.”
If the pilot proves successful, the state elections office will make iPad’s available to all 36 counties. “I won my first race for the Oregon House of Representatives by seven votes,” said Secretary Brown. “I know how important every vote is and as your Secretary of State I am working hard to make voting more accessible to all eligible Oregonians
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The Oregon Secretary of State reports that thirteen candidates filed by the Monday, August 15 deadline to run in the First Congressional District Special Primary. The candidates of record are eight Democrats – Saba Ahmed, Brad Avakian, Suzanne Bonamici, Dominic Hammon, Robert E. Lettin, Todd Lee Ritter, Dan Strite and Brad Witt, and five Republicans – Rob Cornilles, Pavel Goberman, Jim Greenfield, Lisa Michaels, DR Delgado-Morgan,
Candidate filing information is available online. Please check the Candidate Filing Search Results in the ORESTAR database on the Oregon Secretary of State website.
For more information, please contact
Andrea L. Cantu-Schomus
Communications Director, Oregon Secretary of State