Voter Participation
6:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Breaks Own Record For Registered Voters

The Secretary of State's office said the current number of registered voters is even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest during the 2008 presidential election.
Credit Christopher Dilts / Flickr

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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Internet Voting
6:53 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Should Oregon Study Internet Voting?

The Oregon State Capitol
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

Oregonians could one day be able to cast their votes through the internet. An Oregon Senate panel Tuesday advanced a measure that would study whether the state should enact online voting. 

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Oregon Voters
4:17 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Oregon Secretary of State Wants To Automatically Register Voters

Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:59 pm

SALEM, Ore. - State elections officials in Oregon would use DMV data to automatically register people to vote under a plan presented in Salem Wednesday. Supporters of the idea say it could give Oregon one of the broadest voter registration pools in the country.

In 2012, about 25 percent of those eligible to vote in Oregon did not register. That’s despite the fact that people can register at the DMV, online, or through the mail. Oregon’s Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown wants to go even further than these existing systems.

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Voters' Pamphlets
4:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Washington's New Secretary Of State Wants Primary Voters' Pamphlets

Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Credit Washington Secretary of State website

Washington’s new Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants printed voters’ pamphlets in statewide and legislative primary elections. She’s asking state lawmakers to pay the $1 million cost. Currently it’s up to county auditors to decide whether to print voters’ pamphlets for those primaries and some choose not to.

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Ballot Tampering In Oregon
5:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Alleged Oregon Ballot Tampering Has Statewide Implications

An alleged case of ballot tampering has come up in Clackamas County, Ore.
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An alleged case of ballot tampering in Oregon’s Clackamas County has implications for races statewide. Officials say a volunteer elections worker is suspected of marking votes for Republicans in races a voter had left blank.

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Voter Registration Data
5:48 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Voter Registration Increase Lags Last Presidential Election

Registering to vote is easier than ever. But Northwest residents don’t appear as eager to vote as they were during the last presidential election. As the deadline to register draws near, state figures show a smaller uptick in voter registration than in 2008.

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Dual-Registered Voters
5:12 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Washington Aims To Reduce Dual-Registered Voters

If you recently moved to Washington State and registered to vote, you may still be on the voter rolls of the last state you lived in. In Washington, it’s legal to be registered here and somewhere else. But it's illegal in other states.

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Facebook Voter Registration
6:17 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Washingtonians Can Register to Vote on Facebook By Month's End

As early as next week, Washington residents will be able to register to vote on Facebook. Reporter Paige Browning explains.

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Young Voter Registration Bill
4:26 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Young Voter Registration Bill Dies, but the Fight's Not Over

Washington Bus is the organization sponsoring the bill for young voter pre-registration.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Washington Bus

As lawmakers face a pressing deadline for Washington’s legislative session, the budget remains their priority. Other issues have been pushed aside, like a bill supported by a group of politically charged young people.

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