Postcards are being sent this week to eligible Oregonians offering them an opportunity to register to vote.
To participate in the Nov. 4 general election, voters need to register by Oct. 14.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s office mailed postcards to 895,026 Oregonians. Recipients were selected because they have an Oregon driver’s license or a state ID, but do not appear to be on the voter registration list. Some people who are already registered to vote may receive the postcard. That is most likely because their voting and DMV records do not match exactly. The list of 895,026 postcard recipients is the result of sophisticated data-matching and is refined down from an initially higher estimate.
Those who receive postcards but believe they are registered can confirm their status through My Vote at oregonvotes.gov. They can also call the Secretary of State’s office, 503-986-1518.
People who received the postcards were identified through an Electronic Registration Information Center, a multi-state partnership that uses a sophisticated, secure data-matching system to improve the accuracy of state voter registration records. The information center is owned, managed and funded by the participating states. It was formed in 2012 with assistance from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The center uses advanced technology to compare information on eligible voters from voter registration rolls, motor vehicle records and Social Security death records. States receive reports from the center that identify voters whose records might no longer be accurate because they have moved, changed their names or died.
The center can also identify potentially eligible citizens who are not registered to vote. In compliance with federal law, states then contact these individuals and encourage them to register or update their voter records. Oregon is one of 11 states and the District of Columbia that uses the information center. More states are expected to join in the future.