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Letter to the Voters

Volume 1 letter

Dear fellow Oregonian,

Every election, we get a chance to make our voices heard by voting. From the simplest local issue to determining our nation's leaders, we have a chance to weigh in on the things that matter to us and to our future. I hope you'll take the opportunity to have your say by voting on the ballot measures described in this booklet.

One of the great things about our vote by mail system in Oregon is that we can take the time to read as extensively as we want about the issues we're asked to vote on by November 7th. Oregon's unique vote by mail process gives all of us the time to study the important issues facing voters without the pressure of a line of people behind us waiting to vote in a polling place. This pamphlet is unique too, in that it affords the opportunity for any Oregonian to share their views on these important issues with the rest of us. I urge you to use the time that vote by mail provides and the information that this pamphlet provides to make informed decisions on these issues that we face.

The first step in voting is making sure you're registered by October 17, 2006. If you've already registered, thank you. If not, you can use the voter registration card in this pamphlet to do so.

If you find you have questions about returning your ballot, registering or any other topic regarding voting, you have even greater resources than ever before to get the answers you need.

You can call our toll-free voter information line: 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683) or use our TTY line, if you're hearing impaired, at 1-866-350-0596. Elections representatives are available, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – or you can log onto our website and look for your answers there anytime at www.oregonvotes.org.

Please remember to return your ballot so that it is received in your county elections office by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th. Voting is simple, easy – and one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of this great country. Your willingness to be an active part of the process is what keeps America great. Thank you for helping build our future by voting.

Best wishes,

Bill Bradbury
Secretary of State


Volume 2 letter

Dear fellow Oregonian,

It's a challenge to get people to vote. I don't know why, but that's a fact. As your Chief Elections Officer, I'm working hard to remove every obstacle I can to help you vote this fall. This year, we've made it easier than ever to cast your vote – and to know it gets counted.

As part of the Help America Vote Act, we've implemented new tools to answer every question you can think of about voting:

  • What if you're a college student, registered in your home district, but living on a campus in another county?
  • What if you have a physical disability that limits your movement or vision? How can you vote privately and independently? (Hint: it's possible now like never before.)
  • What if you're a soldier in the field? How do you get your ballot so far away?

All of your questions are answered by a real, live Oregonian at our toll-free voter information line: 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683) or through our TTY line for the hearing impaired at 1-866-350-0596. Elections representatives are available, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – or you can log onto our website and look for your answers there anytime at www.oregonvotes.org.

Remember: you have to return your ballot so it's received in your county elections office by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th.

Our ability to vote in free, fair elections is one of the things that makes America great. Please take the time to read about the candidates in this pamphlet so that you can make informed choices. Then fill out your vote by mail ballot and return it to your county elections office by 8:00 pm on November 7th.

I thank you for choosing to engage in our democracy by voting. Your participation is the foundation of Oregon's future.

Best wishes,

Bill Bradbury
Secretary of State

 

Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722
Phone: (503) 986-1523 • Fax: (503) 986-1616 • oregon.sos@state.or.us

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