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Oregon motor voter automatic registration adds 50K new voters

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Oregon's motor voter law has added more than 50,000 new voters since it took effect on Jan. 1.

Under the new law, people who obtain or renew a driver's license are automatically registered to vote.

Since its implementation, the secretary of state has sent 67,079 Oregon Motor Voter mailers to DMV customers, giving them 21 days to opt out, select a political party or become registered automatically as a non-affiliated voter.

With 68 days of "mature" data - cohorts of cards where the 21-day window to return the card had elapsed - 51,558 Oregonians became registered to vote. Of those, 42,471 records were sent to Oregon county clerks to be automatically registered as non-affiliated voters. More than 9,000 Oregonians chose a party preference, while 3,534 individuals chose to opt out of voter registration.

"This report confirms our estimate that over half of the 100,000 new voters in Oregon in 2016 became registered through Oregon Motor Voter," said Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins.

Oregon's primary election is May 17.

For more information, go to sos.oregon.gov.

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