Secretary of State Kate Brown is proud to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Over 150 high schools spanning Oregon's 36 counties and several civics groups are joining her in this statewide effort to educate Oregonians about basic civics and encourage students 17 and older to register to vote. The theme for the day is simple. Your vote is your voice, and every voice matters!
One of her priorities since taking office is to make voter registration as convenient and accessible. You can join in these efforts by:
- Checking and updating your voter registration at oregonvotes.gov
- Invite your friends and family to register to vote
- Get your high school to sign up for Oregon Voter Registration Day
Participating is easy as easy as 1-2-3 and should take less than 10 minutes. As an added benefit, participating in National Voter Registration day fulfills the requirements of ORS 329.049.Schools who sign up with my office will be sent a model curriculum. It is a 5-minute video that explains to students how to navigate the voting process and the history of voting rights in America. In addition, schools will be sent voter registration forms, a survey to provide feedback about National Voter Registration Day, and a return envelope.
To recognize the day, Secretary Brown and Governor John Kitzhaber have signed a proclamation declaring September 25, "Oregon Voter Registration Day." You can read the official proclamation here.
In addition, Secretary Brown plans on visiting a number of high schools across the state. Although she can only visit a few schools, we invite you to follow her on social media for updates from the road. Simply, ‘like’ my Facebook page at Oregon Secretary of State, friend me on Facebook, or follow my Twitter account, OregonSoS. We want to hear from you. What are your stories and progress on the first National Voter Registration Day?