Dear Oregonian ­

This State Voters' Pamphlet is the largest ever produced for a Primary Election in Oregon, due mostly to the number of measures on the state ballot. It is my earnest hope that the size of this pamphlet will not keep anyone from reading it. Rather, every Oregonian should look at this document as the most direct and complete source of information on candidates and issues on the May 16 ballot.

This is also the first Primary Election in the nation to be conducted entirely by mail. Every Oregon voter will have the full opportunity to study their choices thoroughly and in advance of making informed decisions. Every elections official in Oregon shares my goal to ensure that this election continues the proud tradition we have in Oregon of voting by mail efficiently and with integrity.

I challenge each of us to take this unprecedented voting opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our right to vote -

  • If you are not registered to vote, are at least 18 years old, and are a U.S. citizen, please think for a minute about how your future is being determined without your participation and consider registering to vote by April 25.
  • If you regularly vote and will do so this election, please take the time to share with others the reasons you vote and encourage them to do so, as well.
I give you this challenge in the firm belief that WE, the people, ARE the government, and it is what we, as a community and nation, make of it. We have a solemn responsibility to each other and ourselves, and the power, to direct government to match our needs. The frontline of that power and responsibility is YOUR VOTE.

The disturbing decline in voter participation, and the reduced number of younger citizens even registering to vote, should cause all of us grave concern. We stand the risk of losing a whole generation of voters. You have the power to guarantee that does not happen, and to change Oregon for the better.


Bill Bradbury

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Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722