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Federal Judge Orders Investigation Of State Voter ID Procedures
10/01/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 03:00
Excerpt: 

The order comes after media reported this week on an audio recording provided by VoteRiders, a non-profit that conducts statewide voter education efforts. The recording features a man being denied an ID and directed away from a petition process for people who can't easily get identification, according to VoteRiders. ...

"Because this happened to one voter, it leaves me concerned about what [is] happening at DMVs across the state when they don't have somebody by their side," said Molly McGrath, Wisconsin's national organizer for VoteRiders. "This means that there's voters across the state who could be falling through the cracks and that is incredibly alarming to me."

Federal judge orders investigation into Wisconsin’s voter ID system
10/01/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Peterson wrote that his recent order was sparked by news reports, first in the Nation and then in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, suggesting that “DMV personnel have provided incorrect information to persons who have applied for Wisconsin IDs for voting.” The news outlets detailed the experience of Zack Moore, a 34-year-old African American who is homeless and sleeping on the streets of Madison, as he went to the DMV to get an ID in September. He was accompanied by Molly McGrath, who works with the group VoteRiders to help people in Wisconsin get IDs to vote and who recorded the experience. She provided the audio of her recording to The Washington Post.

Moore went to the DMV with an Illinois photo ID, Social Security card and a pay stub to prove his residence, but he did not have a copy of his birth certificate. Under the reforms Wisconsin officials have promised, DMV workers should have initiated the ID Petition Process — which would essentially ask Illinois to confirm Moore’s birth information — and sent him a receipt within six business days, allowing him to vote. ...

While it is not clear whether Moore’s experience is the exception, rather than the rule, McGrath said a VoteRiders volunteer had surveyed 10 DMVs in the state, and only three said documentation to vote could be provided within a week.

“This is alarming, right?” McGrath said. “The safety net in the strict law isn’t working.”

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Oregon Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016

For more information, visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day:

Designated ballot drop off locations must be open for at least 8 hours, stay open until at least 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and have a prominent sign stating that the location as a ballot drop site.

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, which allows voters to vote absentee once they have received their ballots. Ballots must be turned in by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s Oregon Drop Box Locator web page.  Contact your County Clerk for in-person voting.

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Registration Deadlines:

You must register 21 days prior to the General Election. The deadline for this year’s General Election is October 18, 2016.

How to Check Your Registration: Use the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to register in Oregon, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
  • Not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.

In order to vote in Oregon you must have resided in Oregon during the six months immediately before the election.

How to Register:

Oregon residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have either an Oregon Driver’s License or a State Identification Card. Applicants can apply to register on the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • downloading a mail-in form from the Secretary of State’s website
  • picking up a form at a post office, library, or county elections office; or
  • requesting your county elections office or the Oregon Elections Division mail you a card.

In Person

You may register to vote in person at the county elections office. Oregon residents over the age of 17 may be automatically registered to vote when they visit the DMV to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit.

Identification Required for Registration:

When registering you must provide a valid form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card. A suspended license is valid, but a revoked license is not.
  • If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card, the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID or a Social Security number and are registering by mail: a current and valid photo identification that shows your name, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

If You Want to Vote Early

Oregon allows voters to vote once they have received their ballots in the mail.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, which allows voters to vote absentee once they have received their ballots. Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

No identification is required to either return a ballot to a designated ballot drop off location or to fill out a ballot in person at voting booths established by the County Elections Official.

VoteRiders has created Oregon voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot. A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Moving Between Counties

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot. A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Oregon-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also request a registration card through the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website or by calling 1-866-673-VOTE (8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or access them online on the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website. To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the FPCA (see Oregon-specific FPCA page). Ballots can be returned via U.S. Mail, email, or fax.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses). You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Oregon no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Oregon-specific FWAB page.

Convicted felons may vote unless they are currently incarcerated.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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