SECRETARY OF STATE
PADDY J. MCGUIRE
STATE OF OREGON
SECRETARY OF STATE
136 STATE CAPITOL
You may notice some changes in the Voters' Pamphlet. These changes reduce the amount of blank space, allowing us to use less paper and save money on printing and production. All of the information that you need to use your Voters' Pamphlet and to cast an informed vote is still included; it is just in a different format.
In commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary of the Corps of Discovery, the 2004 Voters' Pamphlets feature pictures, maps and documents relating to that historic expedition. Dispatched in 1804 by President Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Army Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led an expedition from St. Louis, up the Missouri River, over the Rockies and down the Columbia River to Fort Clatsop, near Astoria. There the Corps spent the winter of 1805-06 before making the return voyage. Their expedition brought new knowledge of geography, plant and animal life, and connected the Oregon territory to the rest of the nation. The success of the Corps was made possible by the assistance they received along the route from the many Indian Tribes they encountered.
On the cover is a photo of a sculpture of Lewis, Clark and their guide Sacagawea that graces the front steps of the State Capitol, a reminder of their spirit of courage and cooperation.
"Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason," said Thomas Jefferson, and it is on this principle that each person casts a vote. Your vote is your voice in the democratic process, and it demonstrates your own judgment and reason. Thank you for taking the time to make your voice count.
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 on page 3 of this pamphlet.
For those of you who are already registered to vote, please mail your ballot so it is received by February 3, or drop it off at one of your county drop sites. Remember, the decisions you make with your ballot will affect all of our lives and the future of our state.
Oregon Secretary of State