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Our future depends on democratic participation

When people talk about voting by mail, Oregon always comes up in the discussion.

We got national attention in 1998, when Oregon voters said yes to statewide vote-by-mail. Since then, our state has been a beacon for democratic participation across America – a model other states look to as they put in place their own vote-by-mail systems.

I prefer to call our system "vote-at-home." That's because we get to vote in the comfort and safety of our own homes, and we have multiple options as to how we cast our ballots – including through the mail, drop boxes, or in-person at county election offices.

It's hard for Oregonians to believe, but today voting by mail is still a hot topic across America, in large part due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the danger of sending crowds to the polls on Election Day.

Our country has a clear set of choices: We expand and protect voting by mail, including absentee voting, state-by-state across America, or we force people to put their health and safety at risk to exercise their basic constitutional rights.

Some leaders would have you believe this problem lacks a clear solution, including our current president, who continues to spew bald-faced lies about "rigging" and meddling of mail ballots, even though – guess what? He votes by mail!

In Oregon, we've set a clear example of how to do it right. And it's why I want to make sure, even in these difficult times, each and every one of you – and your friends, families, and acquaintances – is registered to vote and ready to cast your ballot this November.

Please do this right now: Double-check your registration. If you're not registered, please do so right now.

Our future depends on your democratic participation.

So, please, make sure you're registered to vote. So much depends on it, and so many have fought for us to get to this moment.

Ellen

Posted on August 7, 2020.
Oregon is a special place. As Attorney General, I am working hard to keep it that way for future generations of Oregonians.Oregon is a special place. As Attorney General, I am working hard to keep it that way for future generations of Oregonians.

Meet Ellen

As a prosecutor and judge, Ellen Rosenblum has spent her career fighting for and protecting the people of Oregon.

Now, as our Attorney General, she's standing up for the most vulnerable Oregonians, our seniors and diverse communities, small businesses, and all the people of Oregon.

Read more about Ellen