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Friday, July 31, 2020

Chuck Slothower: Oregon has conducted elections entirely by mail since becoming the first state to adopt this approach in 1998. There's no in-person voting, and in the five presidential elections since, we've seen nary a "hanging chad," nor widespread voter fraud allegations, and, Oregonians will tell you, it's easy: As NBC News neatly explained two years ago: "You don't have to ask for the ballot, it just arrives. There are no forms to fill out, no voter ID, no technology except paper and stamps. If you don't want to pay for a stamp, you can drop your ballot in a box at one of the state's hundreds of collection sites."

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Vote-by-mail works. It's convenient, it expands voting, and the way we do it in my state has so far proved to be nearly tamper-proof, providing an offline paper trail for each vote cast. There's no reason -- other than perceived partisan advantage -- that it shouldn't be adopted in every state.

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With mail-in voting, Oregon's hourly workers no longer need to take time off to go vote. They can mark their ballots at home, at their leisure. Rather than rush, voters can ponder the fate of judges one day, then the city council and congressional candidates the next, before signing and sealing their envelopes. Transportation to polling sites is no longer a hurdle for older voters, voters with disabilities or those who don't drive. And here, vote by mail has bipartisan buy-in. Our Republican secretary of state, Bev Clarno, recently appeared on "60 Minutes," and when asked about Trump's attacks on mail-in voting, she responded: "Try it, you might like it."

Great article and it works to solve the dilemma of "make Election Day a national holiday!"

No information in the article of how Oregon pulls data of names/home of residence without requiring a registration process..

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-07-31 10:38 AM | Reply

We've had the mail-in option to vote for years in my state. I like it because I can sit at the computer and research candidates or ballot measures while I vote. This is especially useful for the local candidates or measures that I don't hear about much.

#2 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-07-31 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

just voted at my tag office. took 5 minutes.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2020-07-31 10:59 AM | Reply

I agree with HORSTNGRABEN, I like the option of researching candidates before I vote and there are far too many to do the research in advance and still expect to remember which ones I really want to vote for. Plus, why would I want to expose myself to COVID unnecessarily when Donald Trump isn't willing to do the same thing? He votes by mail, if it's good enough for him and his family then it's good enough for me.
BTW, F that hypocrit Trump and his disgusting family. Voting by mail gives Don Jr. and Eric more time to hunt endangered species! Yay!

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-31 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Vote-by-mail works. It's convenient, it expands voting,"

That's why Rs hate it. Their only hope of staying in power is to suppress voting any way they can. Colorado has voting by mail and it's great. A month before the election your ballot arrives in the mail. You have to pay postage but there are so many drop boxes that one is probably closer than a post office. What's not to like?

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-07-31 11:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

just voted at my tag office. took 5 minutes.

#3 | Posted by eberly

Yeah voting is easy when an entire political party in your state isn't trying to prevent you from doing it isn't it?

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-07-31 11:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Colorado has been voting by mail for several years. There is no legitimate reason to change this.

#7 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-07-31 11:49 AM | Reply

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cute as a button!

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2020-07-31 12:10 PM | Reply

Doesn't matter in the least. It is inevitable that whoever loses the election is going to whine and cry about it being rigged, miscounted, or whatever excuse they can come up with. Happens every time. Yet, there will be so many stupid people on both sides who react as if this is anything new. Which is why it will never end, because so many people are short-sighted and have their partisan blinders on that they won't actually complain about the problem, just the result.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2020-07-31 12:26 PM | Reply

just the result.
#9 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

If we can get through the ----------- that was 2000 election, we can get through this.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-07-31 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Happens every time. "

Are you 10 years old? It does NOT happen every time. Only when elections are very close.

And things could be done to make our elections safe and secure and better.

None of which are being done.

Because it might hurt Republicans who apparently rely on the weaknesses and flaws in the system to stay in power.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-31 12:40 PM | Reply

After 20+ years of voting in Oregon, I can't imagine standing in a long slow line on a cold crappy November day, after securing time off work, to vote again... if Trump doesn't destroy the postoffice first mail-in voting will work fantastic.

#12 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-07-31 01:30 PM | Reply

Doesn't matter in the least. It is inevitable that whoever loses the election is going to whine and cry about it being rigged, miscounted, or whatever excuse they can come up with. Happens every time. Yet, there will be so many stupid people on both sides who react as if this is anything new. Which is why it will never end, because so many people are short-sighted and have their partisan blinders on that they won't actually complain about the problem, just the result.

#9 | Posted by humtake

You know what DOESNT happen every time?

A candidate claming BEFORE the election that it's rigged, then accepting the results when he wins, still claiming massive fraud without evidence, using his inauguration committee to commit financial corruption, then beginning his presidency gaslighting the country about his crowd size.

YOUR party is the one that benefits when people can't vote and tries to prevent them from voting. You alone own that. You can't win without cheating.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-07-31 01:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump voted by mail despite being a block from an early voting site in FL.

Pence and his wife voted by mail, using (unbelievably) the governor's mansion in Indiana as their address, where they haven't lived and couldn't live since it's occupied by the current IN governor.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-31 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Washington has been voting by mail for over 20 years, and it works great! But Orange Adolf and the GOP are correct to be afraid of mail-in voting, they have fewer roadblocks to throw up to restrict the vote, they can't screw with polling places, polling hours, in-person challenges, etc. As we all know, the more people that vote means the more that Democrats win, the GOP has known that for years which is why they have gotten so surgical with their cheating and voter disenfranchisement efforts.

#15 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-07-31 02:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I've been voting by mail in Oregon for 23 years. No problems.

#16 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2020-07-31 03:46 PM | Reply

I've been on the vote-by-mail list in Florida for many years. I just did so again today for the Broward County election.

In fact, since I'm sheltering in place, I got myself dressed up in all the virus protection gear in my arsenal and drove the envelope straight to the U.S. Post Office.

I always feel kind of proud when I do that.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-08-01 04:35 AM | Reply

Trump's suing PA over guarded drop-boxes for ballots, put in place to ensure the votes get cast and aren't delayed by mail. The drop-boxes are optional, you can mail your ballot in. The fact that Trump's suing to prevent the drop-box option and that he's appointed a myrmidon to oversea the Post Office, and aligned his admin to interfere with vote-by-mail should be a flashing sign. Gotta get ready for whatever may be coming.

www.thedp.com

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2020-08-01 10:37 AM | Reply

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