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Letter to the Voters

Volume 1 letter

My Fellow Oregonians:

It's time once again for Oregon voters to step up and do our part for democracy. It's time to vote.

We honor the Americans who have died over the years to keep us free and preserve this cherished right to vote. But their sacrifice is even more heartening when we see repressed people from around the world waiting in line for hours, even days, to exercise this right we sometimes take for granted.

And here in Oregon, we have work to do. Once again, the ballot will ask us to consider statewide measures dealing with taxes, property, education and other matters. There are 12 of them, four placed on the ballot by the Legislature and eight by citizen initiative.

In the pages that follow, you will see arguments for and against these measures as written by their supporters and opponents. Please read them and think carefully. What we decide as voters will have a huge impact on the state and our pocketbooks.

Voting offers power, the power to have a say in the policies and priorities that will govern your city, your county, your state and your nation in the years ahead.

Let me thank those who are already registered and encourage those who aren't to do so by the October 14 registration deadline. Remember, you must re-register if your address has changed, if your name has changed or if your signature has changed.

If you have questions about registration, filling out your ballot or about getting a replacement ballot if you make a mistake, please call our toll-free hot-line, 1-866-ORE-VOTE, or 1-866-673-8683.

Your ballot must be in the hands of election workers or in an official drop-off location no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. Postmarks don't count. You can always call your county elections office to make sure they've received your ballot.

Being an active participant in our democracy is good for America, good for your community and best of all, good for you.

Best Wishes,

Bill Bradbury
Oregon Secretary of State


Volume 2 letter

My Fellow Oregonians:

Once again, it's time for Oregon voters to make good on the bargain we make for living in a free country. It's time to vote.

In these pages, you will see the candidates running for office this year. These are the words they've chosen to represent themselves to you. Read them carefully and evaluate what they have to say because the decisions made by our elected officials make a difference in our lives.

Voting is only one of the duties we share in preserving our blessings of liberty. We serve on juries. We pay our taxes. We serve in the armed forces. We don't litter. And we vote. Voting is no mere footnote to democracy. It's what separates us from tyrants, a practice we've nurtured and encouraged for more than two centuries and preserve today as a bulwark in keeping our country safe and free.

It's already been an exciting year. In the spring, Oregon saw a huge surge in voter registration and we may well set new records in November for turnout. Registering, remember, is only half the process and doesn't mean a lot unless you actually vote.

If you have questions about registration, filling out your ballot or about getting a replacement ballot if you make a mistake, please call our toll-free hot-line, 1-866-ORE-VOTE, or 1-866-673-8683.

Remember to vote .Your ballot must be in the hands of election workers or in an official drop-off location no later than 8pm on Tuesday, November 4. Postmarks don't count. You can always call your county elections office to make sure they've received your ballot.

Being an active participant in our democracy is good for America, good for your community and best of all, good for you.

Best Wishes,

Bill Bradbury
Oregon Secretary of State