HB 2499 Extends automatic voter registration

06/26/2021
HB 2499 VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2499
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HRULES/Overview


This bill extends automatic voter registration to Oregon Health Authority and any state agency designated by Governor. Allows registration without an electronic signature on file by requiring elector to provide signature after the fact in order for ballot to be counted.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
All of our voting laws require a signature on record. This subverts that basic protection. The bill requires electronic voter registration system to allow qualified individual to register to vote if individual has social security number. Requires system to enable individual to submit electronic image or digital copy of signature. Further requires system to allow approved third-party organizations to submit registration cards electronically on behalf of individuals.

Fiscal Responsibility
Electronic voter systems are proving to be easily manipulated and subject to fraud all up and down the voting process. Until a secure system can be guaranteed, our elections will be at risk. Extending motor-voter to other agencies is irresponsible and only opens the door to illegal voter registrations.

Limited Government
Requires Secretary of State to coordinate with Department of Revenue to obtain address information from individual tax returns to verify address of voters contained in voter record. Authorizes county clerks to use information to update address if necessary.

Comments

  1. The 2020 election saw election fraud on an unprecedented scale due to mass mail in voting as well as digital manipulation. Voting laws should be strengthened, not weakened, which is exactly what this law will do. We need to be able to ensure that every voter is an eligible voter. Therefore, I strongly urge a NO vote on this.

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