Letter to the Voters

Dear Oregonian,

I am excited to tell you about some of the improvements that we’ve been making under the federal Help America Vote Act. The goal of the Help America Vote Act is to make voting systems more reliable and voting information more accessible.

There is a new page in the voters’ pamphlet, which explains how to fill out your ballot and how to request a replacement ballot if you make a mistake. We’ve also created a toll-free voter information line at 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683) or TTY service at 1-866-350-0596 that you can call if you have any questions about your ballot or about voting. These new federally funded services make it easier than ever to vote. You may also note some changes in the design of your voters’ pamphlet. We are continuing to revise the voters’ pamphlet to make it more usable for voters and less expensive to produce.

If you are registering to vote for the first time or re-registering, please use the new voter registration card, available online at www.OregonVotes.org, or request a registration card by mailing in the form in this pamphlet. If you are registering for the first time, you must register by April 27 to participate in this election.

For those of you who are already registered to vote, I urge you to return your ballot so that it is received by May 18. Remember, the decisions you make with your ballot will affect all of our lives and the future of our state.

In commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary of the Corps of Discovery, the cover features a “Peace and Friendship” medal such as those carried by explorers Lewis and Clark and presented to Native American chiefs that they met during their journey. The image shows a peace pipe and a tomahawk over clasped hands. By working together, we can all renew the medal’s promise of peace and friendship.

Best wishes,

Bill Bradbury
Oregon Secretary of State

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722