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The state of Oregon established vote by mail as their standard mechanism for voting by the passage of Ballot Measure 60 in 1998. Since then, studies have found that mandating vote by mail has increased Oregon’s voter turnout by 10 percentage points- and Oregon now achieves one of the highest percentages of voter turnout in the nation (exceeding 70% in the 2010 midterms).

With this system, every registered voter is automatically sent their ballot about two weeks before Election Day. After casting- and signing- their ballot, the voter can opt to either return the ballot in person at a drop-off location or mail it back to election officials (paying for their own stamp). To prevent fraud, the signature on the ballot is verified against one on file gathered at the time of registration. In addition to the convenience of voting from home, the voter has more time to, with their ballot in front of them, study the candidates or issues on the ballot before making their decision.

Opponents worry that mailing voters their ballots increases opportunities for pressure and intimidation. There is also concern about election fraud if the authenticity of a voter’s signature can not be verified.

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