The Oregon state constitution was adopted in 1857. Oregon has been in the vanguard of several innovative movements in U.S. government collectively known as the Oregon System. In 1902 the concepts of initiative and referendum were introduced, by which voters are able to initiate and vote upon statutes or constitutional revisions; these were supplemented in 1908 by the system of recall, under which the removal of elected officials can be initiated by the voters. The state was also one of the earliest to impose a state income tax, which it did in 1923. Republicans dominated Oregon’s politics through much of the state’s history, until the late 20th century.
OREGON MOTOR VOTER
VOTING IS ONE OF THE MOST PATRIOTIC THINGS YOU CAN DO!
Automatic voter registration is available if you are eligible* to register to vote and you apply for your original, renewal, or replacement license, permit, or ID card at the DMV.
Once you engage the Oregon Motor Voter process by visiting the DMV, you will receive a card and a pre-paid postage return envelope from the Oregon State Elections Office.
With this card, you can:
Choose the Republican Party by returning the card. Joining the Republican Party will allow you to vote in its primary elections.
Once registered, you will automatically receive a ballot and instructions in the mail about two weeks before an election. When you vote, your ballot is secret and your choices cannot be matched up with your name.
You should update your registration if you move, change your name or mailing address, or want to select or change a political party.