Although the Republican party is against bill HB 2177, the Democrats managed to influence Oregon state to adopt the bill. As a result, the voting numbers have risen for the next election in November. Chiefly, this kind of rise in attendees can change the outcome for local companies and communities by the millions of dollars.
The citizens of Oregon collected impressive numbers, by registering for the November 8 elections. Secretary of State, Jeanne P. Atkins claims that November 8th will be one of the most active elections in Oregon’s voting history. According to sources, the Oregon government is placing Measure 97 on the board for the next contingency; Measure 97 imposes a minimum tax on companies that bring in over @5 million in sales – a tax minimum of $30,001 plus 2.5% of the amount above $25 million. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 18, at midnight PST.
Arguably, the Republicans continue to point out that the government ‘shouldn’t’ try to register people because certain citizens attain religious beliefs that may hinder their need to vote. Furthermore, Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend comments, “Automatic voter registration replaces individual convenience with government coercion…” Thereafter, Bueler continues by expressing his dislike of the specific idea.
Last February 2015, a ‘sweeping’ voter registration bill moved closer to law, as the bill was approved by the House on a party-line vote, ultimately, giving Oregon the ‘most expansive’ voter registration law in the United States. This is considered a motor voter bill, which uses Oregon state drivers’ license data to automatically register voters – lobbied by the Democrats (took effect on January 1, 2016). In general, the bill supports HB 2177, which covers the usage of driver’s license data going back to 2013. Ideally, this particular information in sought after to automatically register voters who appear as citizens through the DMV. Then, those new voters are sent a postcard requesting for their attendance to vote or opt out of registration. However, if they didn’t respond, the assumed citizen would be registered as a non-affiliated voter. In the meantime, Oregon is showing additional numbers in the 110,000+ range.