Washington, Oregon break voter registration records

2.5 million people are registered to vote in Oregon, the deadline is Oct. 18

Voter drops an absentee ballot into a collection box, Renton, Washington. October 11, 2016, (AP)
Voter drops an absentee ballot into a collection box, Renton, Washington. October 11, 2016, (AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington now has more than 4.2 million voters, breaking the Evergreen State’s previous record.

Following the last day to register before the 2016 general election, the Washington Secretary of State’s office reported 4,207,379 people had registered to vote. It’s the first time the state has exceeded 4.2 million registered voters, officials said.

Voter registrations hit a new one-day record as well. On Monday, 27,601 Washington residents signed up to vote online, beating the previous day’s record of 23,167, according to a spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State’s office. Prior to Sunday, the previous record for one-day voter registrations was 13,109 in the spring of 2015.

“We are ecstatic to see more than 50,000 new registrations in the past 48 hours,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “These are great days for citizen engagement, and we welcome every single new voter.”

Wyman said the rush was due to the Monday deadline for online and mail-in applications, as well as by heavy interest in the presidential race.

“There are plenty of other draws for voting this year, too – all nine statewides, a Senate seat and all 10 U.S. House seats, judicial races, control of the legislature, and a raft of state and local races and propositions. It’s a feast for voters,” said Wyman.

Ballots will be mailed out to residents next week, the spokesman said.

Record number of voters registered in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s secretary of state says more than 2.5 million people are registered to vote for the first time in the state’s history and predicted a record participation in the Nov. 8 election.

The state is also on track to add over 250,000 new voters through the Oregon Motor Voter program in time for the election.

Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins said on Tuesday that Nov. 8th will be one of the busiest elections in Oregon’s modern history.

She encouraged voters to visit OregonVotes.gov to check their registration status. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 18, at midnight.

Oregon’s new voter registration law, Oregon Motor Voter, registers voters after they obtain or renew their driver’s license, permit or identification card.