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Non-affiliated voters can soon request a Republican Primary ballot

SALEM- The Oregon Republican Party’s decision to partially open the May Primary to Oregon’s non-affiliated voters will be executed according to Oregon statute.

“My goal is to make this process as simple and cost effective as possible for all Oregonians,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “We are following Oregon statute and aggressively trying to reach the state’s more than 400,000 registered non-affiliated voters.”

The Secretary of State’s Election Division will mail a postcard to all registered non-affiliated voters during the week of March 12, 2012. The postcard will notify the voter that they are eligible to vote on a portion of the Republican ballot in the May primary. The party opened their primary only to statewide races for Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State. Voters requesting a portion of the Republican ballot will not be able to vote for Presidential candidates in the primary.

In order for a non-affiliated voter to receive the partial Republican primary ballot, state law requires the voter first request in writing that ballot from their county clerk. The postcard mailed by the state Elections Division will serve as the request form, as long as a voter returns it to their county clerk by the deadline. All requests must be received by April 24, 2012. Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Postcards to Military and Overseas voters will go out March 9, 2012. These voters can return their request for a ballot via email, fax or traditional mail.

Ballots with all non-partisan contests and the three Republican contests will be mailed to those non-affiliated voters who have requested the partial Republican ballot.  Ballots will be mailed to military and overseas voters on March 30th, and to all other voters between April 27th and 30th.

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Andrea Cantu-Schomus
Communications Director
Oregon Secretary of State
503-986-2368
503-507-0082

Oregon Secretary of State
Written by Oregon Secretary of State

Kate Brown is Oregon’s 24th Secretary of State. Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, her objective is to make state government effective, efficient and accountable to taxpayers.