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Oregon's Secretary of State urges state legislature to invest in elections

Shemia Fagan. (KATU File Photo)
Shemia Fagan. (KATU File Photo)
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Oregon's Secretary of State is urging the state legislature to invest in elections.

Secretary Shemia Fagan introduced her 2023 "Protect our Democracy" agenda, which she hopes will strengthen the election process. Particularly ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Fagan is asking for investments in staffing, while asking for legislation to expand the motor voter law. Which automatically registers eligible Oregonians who get a driver's license to vote.

She would like to do the same thing with people who join the Oregon Health Authority's Oregon Health Plan.

She is also looking to increase security; both physical and cyber.

There are additional requests detailed in her plan including campaign finance reform and technical fixes, and these will now go to the legislature.

Fagan took time to praise news that Oregon had the highest voter turnout in the country in last November's midterm election.

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Something she credits to revamped voter registration laws and election security.

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