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It’s not just the president’s commission on voter fraud that’s seeking information from the states. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman released a letter Monday from the Department of Justice.

Sixteen-year-olds may soon be able to pre-register to vote in Oregon. That’s according to a bill passed by the state’s House of Representatives Monday.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson wants to restore ballot access to some Oregonians whose voter status has been changed to "inactive."

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Sixteen-year-olds in Oregon could soon be registered to vote under a bill the state senate passed today. These teens would still have to wait until they are 18 before they could cast a ballot. But supporters say the measure would help increase turnout among younger voters.

No matter how frustrated you might be with any given election, don’t batter the ballot drop boxes in Washington state. Lawmakers in both chambers of the legislature passed bills Wednesday with hopes of protecting the boxes many voters use to submit their ballots.

President Donald Trump wants a “major investigation” into voter fraud during the 2016 election. But Washington Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Wednesday that she’s seen no evidence of illegal voting.

Wyden Touts Vote By Mail To Counter Fraud

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This week, President Donald Trump repeated his claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says President Trump should look to Oregon if he has concerns about the country’s elections.

Oregon’s Secretary of State and federal investigators are looking into automated calls made by the Oregon Republican Party.  County clerks started hearing from Democratic and unaffiliated voters last week about calls raising doubts about their eligibility to vote.

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Tomorrow, all the candidates' speeches, debates, ads, and spending are put to the test. But while the campaigns themselves are wrapped up, "Electionland," a major election day project, will be shifting into high gear.

Oregon elections officials are warning voters Friday about misleading robocalls that have been reported to the authorities. The robocall warns Oregonians that there might be something wrong with their voter status.

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Oregon is one of only three states that vote by mail. Now one of its senators wants to make that a national practice. With a week left before ballots are due, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is pushing his “Vote By Mail Act of 2016”. 

No matter where you live in Oregon, all you need is a single first-class stamp if you want to return your ballot by mail. Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins said ballots in all 36 counties are small enough that just one "Forever" stamp is all it takes.

Three counties are requiring a little extra in postage this year for mailing in ballots. Voters in Snohomish, Whatcom and Douglas counties need 68 cents in postage. A regular first class stamp is worth 47 cents right now. 

Voters in Oregon and Washington can expect to see ballots arriving in their mailboxes starting later this week. And this year, more of those ballots than ever will go out in the mail.

Voter registration is surging in Oregon. The Secretary of State's office said Tuesday that nearly 300,000 new voters have been added over the past year. But the uptick isn't due to interest in the presidential election.

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A new study released  from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Oregon ranks fifth in the country in voter turnout, and eighth in voter registration. The study is based on 2014 election figures.

Friday was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative campaigns hoping to place a measure on the November ballot in Oregon. Statutory initiatives need 88,184 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Constitutional initiatives require 117,578 valid signatures.

Ron Wyden, D-Ore., became the first U.S. senator to be elected entirely by mail when he was voted into office in 1996. Tuesday he told reporters he wants the vote-by-mail system to be expanded nationally, at least for federal races.

Wyden has tried unsuccessfully to get similar bills through Congress before, but he’s bringing it up again now because of long lines at polling places during this year's presidential primary season.

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Voters in Yakima will elect their first Latino city councilor today, after a lawsuit brought by the ACLU forced the city to create a new electoral map. Even before the results come in, some residents of the new majority-Latino districts feel that change is already underway.

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.

Washington lawmakers today renewed a push to reform local elections and ensure minorities are represented.

The Washington Voting Rights Act is a state version of the federal law. It would allow minority groups to challenge their representation in city, country and school district elections.

The bill stalled in both the state House and Senate after opposition from lawmakers who worry the law would lead to expensive lawsuits.

Critics still say the bill would cost the state millions in legal fees.

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.

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Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Fourteen Democrats voted with all 45 Republicans in the Senate to approve it. But it was one vote shy of the amount needed to send the measure to the President. Washington Democrat Patty Murray told her colleagues she was against the pipeline.

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It’s election week. Here in the Northwest, Washington and Oregon voters will cast their ballots by mail – or drop box. In Idaho, most voters still go to the polls.

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Here's the latest get out the vote tool: A new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

The app is called Did They Vote.

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Election 2014 is just over three weeks away.

Ballots will soon be arriving in mailboxes in Washington and Oregon where the election is all vote-by-mail. Idaho voters still go to the polls, but about a quarter of Gem State ballots are cast absentee.

Washington state elections director Lori Augino said her office predicts 62 percent turnout for the November election.

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Washington state's general election is underway. Although the postmark deadline for mail-in ballots isn't until Nov. 4, 65,000 military and overseas ballots have started going out.  

Washington's Secretary of State Kim Wyman is predicting a higher than usual voter turnout in November's mid-term elections.

Wyman said she expects 62 percent of voters to participate. That compares to 56.4 percent in 2002, the last year mid-term elections without a U.S. Senate race were held.

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Last month, a federal judge ruled that Yakima’s City Council elections stifle the voice of Latino voters in the city. But that verdict doesn’t apply to dozens of other places in Eastern Washington where Latinos are just as underrepresented in elected office.

In communities like Othello, leaders are grappling with broader problems of civic education and participation in local government.

Yakima Election Change May Effect Entire Northwest

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A recent federal court ruling that orders the city of Yakima to change the way it elects its city council could have wide reaching effects in the Northwest.

Washington Breaks Own Record For Registered Voters

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A new record's been set in Washington state for the number of registered voters, 3,922,537. The Secretary of State's office said that's even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest.

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