Oregon bill would make voter registration automatic

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SALEM -- A legislative budget panel has signed off on a bill that would make sweeping changes to Oregon’s voter-registration process.

The plan was approved by the Joint Ways and Means Committee on Friday. It now goes to the House.

The plan proposed by Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown would automatically register nearly everyone with a driver’s license to vote. If passed, it could potentially add hundreds of thousands of newly registered voters to the state.

Supporters say it would encourage more people to vote, particularly young, old and low-income voters.

Republican lawmakers have raised several concerns about the plan. Among them is worry that the program could lead to voter fraud.

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