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electionlineWeekly — August 3, 2017

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IV. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project management specialist with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Automatic Voter Registration in Oregon- Sean McElwee, Brian Schaffner, and Jesse Rhodes, Demos, July 2017: Recent research about automatic voter registration (AVR) in Oregon, in place since January 2016, found 44 percent of those who were automatically registered voted in the November 2016 election.

In the state’s system, eligible but unregistered voters found through the Department of Motor Vehicles databases are notified by mail they will be added to the voter rolls. They can either decline registration within 21 days by returning a postcard to the state’s election authorities, choose a party, or they are automatically registered as Non-Affiliated.

  • 8 percent of enrollees opted out of registration;
  • 11 percent chose a party; and
  • 78 percent were automatically registered as Non-Affiliated.

The report also assesses the impact of AVR on the diversity of the state’s electorate in 2016.