BREAKING: Oregon Motor Voter Ballot Returns Outpace Peers

Oregon Motor Voter Ballot Returns Outpace Peers

PORTLAND – This January, Oregon launched Oregon Motor Voter (OMV), our nation’s first automatic voter registration system. OMV added 43,577 new voters to the electorate for the May Primary. On average, 808 eligible Oregonians register every day through automatic voter registration. Previously, Oregon registered an average of 2,023 new voters per month. With Oregon Motor Voter, our state is making great strides in getting a ballot into the hands of every eligible Oregonian.

Initial calculations of (unofficial) turnout of automatically registered voters signals success. Early analysis of returned ballots by age and party affiliation, demonstrate positive outcomes for voter participation for those who were registered through automatic voter registration (AVR).

 

Democratic Party

Republican Party

Independent Party

Non-affiliated

and minor parties

AGE

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

Traditional Registrant

AVR

18 to 29

63.6%

65.0%

32.1%

47.7%

17.2%

26.8%

8.1%

4.6%

30 to 39

69.1%

72.4%

40.3%

45.8%

24.5%

36.2%

13.9%

5.0%

40 to 49

65.7%

70.0%

48.2%

46.1%

31.6%

42.9%

19.1%

4.8%

50 to 59

69.6%

73.8%

61.4%

59.3%

45.3%

39.7%

24.6%

7.8%

60 to 69

80.3%

81.1%

76.6%

69.6%

66.0%

67.2%

34.4%

12.2%

70+

78.3%

83.8%

78.9%

74.4%

76.1%

90.6%

37.4%

14.1%

 

The majority of AVR voters by age and major party voted at higher rates than their traditionally registered peers. Young people that registered with a party consistently out performed their traditionally registered peers. Young automatically registered Independent Party members turned out 9.5% higher and young Republican AVR members participated in the election at a 15.5% greater rate. Oregon has seen growth in unaffiliated voters of all ages for a number of year. It is the role of political parties in Oregon to educate and motivate the electorate in general about the value of affiliating with a party so there can be broader participation in primaries, regardless of their method of registration.

Nikki Fisher, Executive Director of the Bus Project noted, “The primary results show that Oregon Motor Voter is working to get ballots in the hands of more eligible voters. We believe democracy works best when all eligible voters have access to the ballot. We are excited to empower even more Oregonians this November.”

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