Oregon voters confused by robo calls about ballots

The calls are coming from the Oregon Republican party

Voters rejected a proposal that would have stripped control of the water and sewer board from the Portland city council. (KOIN 6)
Voters rejected a proposal that would have stripped control of the water and sewer board from the Portland city council. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of Oregon voters were concerned after receiving an automated phone call with a warning about the election.

The recording said in part, “A review of voter registration records in [your county] indicate that your voter registration may be marked inactive. This could be the result of a change in address recently or the Motor Voter law that was enacted this year. This means you may not have received your ballot in the mail for next Tuesday’s election.”

Voters who has already received ballots heard that message and were concerned that it meant their ballots would not be counted.

KOIN 6 News learned the calls came from the Oregon Republican Party and were actually an effort to encourage people to vote.

The Oregon Department of Justice initially investigated the calls due to people’s concerns that it was a scam, but Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins told Bill Currier, head of the Oregon Republican Party, they were found to be legitimate.

Official Multnomah County
ballot drop boxes

“The Oregon Republican Party is reaching out to legitimately registered Republican voters who are currently marked inactive by the Secretary of State and have not received their ballot,” Currier said. “Because many of them are not aware that they will not be able to vote and our goal is to help them get their ballot so they can cast their vote in this election.”

The calls provide the phone number and address of the voter’s county elections office, so voters can reach out and make sure they get their ballots.

The important thing for voters to know is that if you did get a ballot, that means you are registered and active and your vote will be counted. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.