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This bill allows persons convicted of felony to register to vote, update voter registration and vote in elections while incarcerated.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
States with experience have noted that very few inmates exercise their right to vote, and inmates say it can be dangerous to discuss politics. Distrust of politicians and no interest are the reasons reported by volunteers.
Putting money into a program when the general fund is $1.1billion short that hasn’t been successful in any state is questionable.
“The county clerk or county official in charge of elections in any county may cancel the registration of any person serving a term of imprisonment for an offense committed outside Oregon in any federal correctional institution in this state.” Since crime committed outside Oregon and serving a term of imprisonment in any federal correctional institution in this state is deprived of the right to vote, this provision is non-sensical. Allow inmate to use a prior address even though they have no connection to that address – family or friends.
(Similar to HB 2366 held public hearing 3/9)