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'Motor voter' registration bill passes Oregon Legislature

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Gov. Kate Brown plans to sign House Bill 2177 into law. Gov. Kate Brown plans to sign House Bill 2177 into law.
Salem, Ore. -

A sweeping voter registration bill could add thousands of people to Oregon's voter rolls. The so-called "Motor Voter" bill would use driver's license data stretching back to 2013 to begin registering Oregon citizens who have not already signed up to vote. Officials will then send a postcard to people allowing them to opt out if they choose.

Despite Republican opposition saying the automatic registration could lead to ID theft and privacy concerns, the legislation passed the Oregon Senate Thursday and will head to Gov. Kate Brown's desk for her signature.

Brown introduced the bill back in 2013 when she was secretary of state and she says she will sign House Bill 2177 when it reaches her desk. The goal of the bill is to remove barriers to younger and poorer Oregonians who tend to move more often and may not take steps to register to vote until right before an election.

The secretary of state's office estimates the measure could add 300,000 people to voter rolls in the state.

What do you think about the bill? Should something similar be implemented in Washington?

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