Measure aims to allow state to pay for vote-by-mail ballots

Salem, Ore. — A new bill is hoping to increase voter participation even more in Oregon.

Senate Bill 683 would require the state to pay for postage on the mail-in ballots. That would cost taxpayers about $650,000 a year.

The state wouldn’t be charged if voters returned their ballots to drop boxes.

The bill’s authors say having the ballots’ postage already paid for would help low-income or elderly voters who may not be able to go to a drop box location.

If the bill passes, it would go into effect after January 2019.

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