The Oregon Voter Registration Program encountered a small software glitch

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s pioneering automotive voter program, in which residents who interact with the motor vehicle division are automatically registered to vote, has encountered a mild software slowdown, but the secretary of State said Monday the issue was being resolved.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said Friday that the Oregon Electoral Division discovered the software error that for the past six years has failed to pre-register some 16- and 17-year-olds for vote.

“As a result, 7,767 eligible voters in Oregon … did not have the opportunity to automatically become registered voters for the 2022 election. The issue has impacted voters over the past three election cycles,” Fagan’s office said in a statement.

Fagan will ask Oregon’s 36 county clerks to issue ballots to affected voters — those who turn 18 or older on Nov. 8.

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“Eligible voters not receiving their ballots in Oregon is unacceptable,” Fagan said. “As long as I serve as Secretary of State for Oregon, I will do everything in my power to ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.”

The Oregon Electoral Division was alerted to the issue by a voter who did not receive a ballot.

Fagan said his technical team worked all weekend to resolve the software error.

As of Monday morning, there were nearly 3 million registered voters in Oregon. A total of 414,000 ballots have already been returned, the secretary of state’s website said. Voters in Oregon receive ballots in the mail and can either mail them back or leave them in official drop boxes.

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