Statement from Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier Regarding Effort to Reactivate Inactive GOP Voters in Oregon

Oregon.GOP New State Party Website Wilsonville, OR - Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier issued a statement Friday clarifying the State Party’s efforts to reactivate inactive Republican voters across Oregon:

“The Republican party is currently contacting Republican voters whose registrations, according to the Secretary of State voter records, may have become inactive, preventing them from receiving a ballot. This can occur due to a recent change of address, signature differences over time, and other common changes to a voter’s information. They may be unaware of their status and we are making every effort to let them know that they can still reactivate their registration and obtain a ballot to vote in the current election”, said Chair Currier.

The message being conveyed to these voters, mostly via voicemail messages to the best available phone number, is as follows:

“Voter registration records have been reviewed in your county and there is a possibility that you or someone in your household may have had their voter registration marked inactive. If you have not received your ballot yet, this may be the reason. The Oregon Republican Party wants you to be able to vote in next Tuesday's election. In the 2010 election, Republican Chris Dudley lost his race for governor by just over 1 percent. Last May, another Republican race ended in a tie vote, and was literally decided by a dice roll. Don’t let our state's future be determined by a roll of the dice. You may be the deciding vote. Contact your county elections office immediately. By going directly to the elections office, you can reactivate your registration, pick up your ballot, and vote on the spot.”

"We have been made aware that some dishonest efforts are been made to mischaracterize these calls as attempts to discourage active voters who may have unintentionally received these calls," stated Chair Currier. “However, as anyone can plainly see from the full message published above, we are only encouraging voters who have not received a ballot and expected to receive one to contact their county elections office to reactivate their registration and vote.”

“We want to help inactive Republican voters exercise their right to vote and to let them know that their vote really matters in these close election races in Oregon. This is the party’s job, to help our voters get this vital information,” added Chair Currier.

“The polls have tightened significantly and a day of reckoning for our political opponents who have been running the state for 30 years is at hand. Of course they are going to dislike our efforts to get more Republicans voting and some may even go so far as to suppress our efforts to end their grip on power. With all the extraordinary measures taken recently to register voters in Oregon by the State Government, even those not interested in being registered, our efforts to help already registered voters vote should earn applause, not dishonest spin.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

Friday 11/04/16–18:00 PDT
Contact: ORP Communications Director – (503) 902-4671