PASS - FAIL FOR OREGON DEMOCRACY AND ELECTIONS
The 2021 Oregon legislative session ended yesterday. Thanks to David Delk for this overview of key bills related to democracy and elections.
The legislature enacted:
requirement that voters cannot be moved to inactive status due to voter not voting or updating voter registration. Requires county elections official to notify voter if they have been moved to inactive status. (HB2681-A)
Bill (HB3291-2) which allows ballots posted marked no later than election day to be counted if received within 7 days of the election date
Bill (HB2323) which penalized false info regarding an election
The legislature has failed to act on:
limits on campaign finance contributions (HB3343, SB336)
system of public funding of candidates for state offices (HB2680A)
use of Ranking Choice Voting (or STAR Voting) (HB2678, HB2685, HB2686)
allowing same day voter registration (HJR11)
allowing felons to vote while still in jail/prison (SB571-3)
allowing 17 year-old to vote (HB2689)
creation of independent redistricting committee (HJR7)
Likely future action:
Initiative campaign to enact effective limits on campaign contributions. This is being worked on by Honest Elections Oregon
Initiative campaign to enact Ranked Choice Voting. This will be worked on by a coalition of Ranked Choice Voting advocates
Initiative campaign for creation of independent redistricting committee. An initiative has been filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, ##16, People Not Politicians.
More info on initiative petitions is available on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website for petitions here.