SALEM, Ore. — Two new laws aimed at expanding voter access in Oregon are under fire from a conservative group.
OPB reports people affiliated with the group Oregonians for Fair Elections have filed referendum petitions that would ask voters to approve or reject the laws next year. To do that, they’d need 74,680 signatures in opposition to each bill by Sept. 24.
The first, House Bill 2681, ensured that voters cannot be labeled “inactive” for the sole reason of not voting.
The second, House Bill 3291, implemented a change that to allow mailed ballots to be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day and reach officials within a week.