Oregon voter registration deadline 3 weeks away

State offering alternative ways to cast your ballot

Drivers line up to drop off ballots outside Multnomah County election headquarters. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you live in Oregon, you now have only 3 weeks left to register to vote.

Oregon’s registration deadline is October 18, with ballots being mailed out the following day.

Tuesday Oregon’s Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins was in the Portland area reminding residents of the deadline and making sure every group has easy access to their ballot.

Oregon’s voter registration deadline is October 18. Ballots mailed October 19.

“There is a right to vote that is very, very important and the disabled community needs help to do that,” Atkins said. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few years.”

One of those areas of progress involves integrating technology . Secretary Atkins and Washington County’s Voter Assistance Team went to a senior living facility in Beaverton to demonstrate how to vote by tablet, which offers a number of advantages for seniors or people with disabilities.

“They can magnify the text just by swiping on the screen,” said voting rights advocate Esther Harlow of Disability Rights Oregon. “(Voters) can touch the text box next to the candidate’s name so they don’t have to use a pencil.”

Secretary Atkins says tablet voting has proved to be very popular with senior voters once they’ve learned the system.

If you’d like to arrange for a tablet or simply for help voting, call your county elections office when your ballot arrives in mid-October.

You can also vote using a large print-ballot which is designed to be easier to read.

Of course before you specify your means of voting, you need to register. One easy way is to head to the Secretary of State’s website: OregonVotes.org.

“We’re working really hard to make sure when ballots go out on the 19th that everybody can get one in their home,” Secretary Atkins said.

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