Deadline nears for voter registration in Oregon

Medford, Ore. — Oregonians have until 11:59pm on October 18th to register if they want to vote in the November 8th election.

“I firmly believe if you don’t vote then you really have no right to complain,” new Rogue Valley resident, Myke Kell says, “so participate or let it fall how it may I guess.”

Myke Kell is now among the more than 140,000 registered voters in Jackson County, that’s up from 128,000 in the May primary.

“We will definitely see another record registration here in November,” Jackson County elections clerk, Chris Walker says.

If you missed the deadline to register in-person, you have until 11:59pm Tuesday, but you must have an Oregon issued drivers license or ID card. However, registering is only the first step, registered voters are encouraged to get out and vote too.

“Whether you agree with it or not, there’s important issues to vote in on,” Kell says,

“It is a privilege,” Walker adds, “it is your responsibility as an American citizen to participate in these elections and any election.”

Click HERE if you still need to register. Ballots will be sent to the post office on Thursday, and voters can expect to receive them as soon as this Friday.

Meanwhile all the political parties are seeing growth in Jackson County. The biggest jump is among non-affiliated voters, thank in-part to the Oregon Motor Voter Law which automatically enrolls eligible voters when they go to the DMV.

There are more than 36,000 registered non-affiliated voters now, compared to 25,000 in 2012. Democrats have 45,000 registered voters this year, compared to 40,000 in 2012. And republicans are up about 2500 voters. It’s still the most represented party in Jackson County, with 47,000 voters.

 

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