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Oregon Republican Party clarifies election robocall targeting voters

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There's a new development involving an effort to reactivate GOP voters in Oregon, and Oregon's Secretary of State says the recent robocall may have been misleading.

Some Oregonians may have received a call saying their voter registration may be marked inactive.

The Oregon Republican Party Chairman issued a statement Friday night clarifying the robocall.

In the statement, Chairman Bill Currier said "the party is contacting Republican voters whose registrations may have become inactive, preventing them from receiving a ballot."

Currier added this can happen because of a recent change of address, signature difference or common changes to your voter information.

The statement went on to say, "we have been made aware that some dishonest efforts are been made to mischaracterize these calls as attempts to discourage active voters who may have unintentionally received these calls."

FOX 12 spoke with an Oregon man who doesn't agree with the statement from the Oregon Republican Party.

"I've never been a Republican, and I'm 80 years old and I've known that I've been a Democrat since I was 21," said Tom Ritchey.

Ritchey told FOX 12 the phone message he got told him that his ballot would not count since he was not registered, and Ritchey said he hasn't moved since 1975 so his voter registration hasn't changed.

The Oregon Secretary of State's office says if you received a ballot then you are registered to vote. 

The deadline to mail in your ballot has passed, but you can take your ballot to a drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday to have your vote counted.

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