SECRETARY OF STATE
PADDY J. MCGUIRE
SECRETARY OF STATE
136 STATE CAPITOL
The advent of the New Year is a time for reflection and anticipation, for evaluation of the past and planning for the future. It is fitting that we are holding a statewide election in the dawn of 2003; the votes Oregonians cast in the next few weeks will determine the course our state will take in the coming year.
I hope all of you will join me in making it your New Year's resolution to vote. The ballot for the January 28 election may look shorter than the ballots you have received in past elections but that doesn't mean it's any less important. Every election influences the future of our state, and every vote counts.
Because this Voters' Pamphlet is sent to every residence in Oregon (not just to every registered voter), some of you reading this may not yet be registered to vote. January 7 is the deadline to register in order to vote in the January election. There are only a few days left, but you still have time. What's more, it's easy to register to vote so don't put it off! Do it today!
A new federal law has requirements for persons who register to vote through the mail. These persons must either provide a copy of identification (current and valid picture identification card such as a driver's license, or a copy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your current name and address) when they register or when the voter votes in a federal election. This identification is not required if you have moved within the same county and are merely updating your previous registration.
A new voter registration card containing information mandated by the federal law is now available for those who are re-registering or registering to vote for the first time. This new card may be found online at www.oregonvotes.org or obtained using the request form found on page 33 of this pamphlet.
For those of you who are already registered to vote, I urge you to send in your ballot so that it is received by January 28. Remember: the ballot you cast in this New Year will affect all of our lives and the future of our state.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year,
P.S. You may wonder why we send the voters' pamphlet to people who are not registered to vote. The answer is that it is actually less expensive to send a pamphlet to every Oregon residence than it is to send a pamphlet only to registered voters. The U.S. Postal Service charges less per piece when we mail to every household so that the postage savings exceed the extra printing costs. In addition, giving non-registered Oregonians information about what is on the ballot may motivate them to become registered and to vote.