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Mon Oct 24, 2016, 04:21 AM

Quarter-million new 'motor voters' could sway outcome in Oregon's races

Oregon has roughly 250,000 new voters who were automatically registered to vote when they got or renewed their driver's license this year.

Those "motor voters," who make up one-tenth of the state's registered voters, are expected to constitute roughly 5 percent of people who cast ballots by the Nov. 8 deadline.

That tiny sliver of total turnout won't upend the state's political landscape or be a deciding factor in most races. But those new voters may yet leave their mark on Oregon.

They could change the outcome in some of the closest races on the fall ballot, including apparent neck-and-neck battles for secretary of state and over the $3 billion-a-year Measure 97 corporate tax.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/quarter_million_new_motor_vote.html

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