|Election Day is rumbling toward us like a freight train! Oregonians on November 8 will select a new governor, several new members of Congress, all of our 60 State Representatives based on revised district boundaries, and half of the Oregon Senate. (Reps serve two-year terms and Senators four.) Ballots will also have county and local candidates.
We will be considering four measures this year:
Measure 111: Amends the Oregon Constitution to add that the state “ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right.”
Measure 112: Repeals language allowing slavery or involuntary servitude as criminal punishments and authorizes an Oregon court or a probation or parole agency to order alternatives to incarceration for a convicted individual.
Measure 113: Addresses legislative walk-outs by excluding state legislators from re-election for unexcused absenteeism.
Measure 114: Enacts a law outlining a procedure to apply for a permit-to-purchase a firearm and prohibits ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
- October 18: Last day to register to vote in the November 8 election.
- October 19: Ballots mailed to voters.
- November 8: Election Day.
I often observe that the top of the ballot with US Senate, Congress, and Governor gets most of the attention, most of the passion, and most of the money. But further down the ballot are good people who volunteer to serve in positions like mayor, city council, school district, water district, or fire district.
Governors and Congressmen make big decisions. But local offices often decide those closer-to-home and day-to-day matters like whether your pothole gets filled, how many police, EMTs, or firefighters we have, clean water coming out of the tap and dirty water going down the drain, or the quality of education our kids and grandkids receive. Please give those important positions your attention as well.
Oregon has a national reputation as a leader in voting access through its vote-by-mail system and automatic voter registration. In fact, Oregon is ranked first in the nation for ease of access to voting and voter registration. You can learn more about voting in Oregon by reading this guide to our voting rights.