Brown proposes automatic OR voter registration

It would add an estimated 300,000 people to the voter rolls

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown in her office in Salem, Oct. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown in her office in Salem, Oct. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says she will again propose a bill to use motor vehicle records to register voters automatically.

It would mean most potential voters would be registered, with the ability to opt out if they choose.

It would add an estimated 300,000 people to the voter rolls.

The idea failed in 2013 in a largely partisan debate. It passed in the House but lost in the Senate when Democrat Betsy Johnson sided with Republicans to defeat it.

Democrats gained seats in the last election, brightening prospects for such measures as Brown’s bill.

Opponents say voters should take the initiative to register.

Brown, a Democrat, argued in a Bend Bulletin interview that the onus should be on the state to have open and accessible elections.

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