Two ballots from a previous election. File photo: Chas Hundley
Voting by mail exclusively became the standard mechanism for casting ballots in Oregon in 1998 by a citizen’s initiative, Measure 60, which voters overwhelmingly approved by a 70 percent margin.
A little more than 1 million eligible voters voted on Measure 60.
The history of Oregon’s vote-by-mail system, however, goes back in time much further than 1998, according to a document on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website detailing the program’s history.
In 1981, Oregon approved a vote-by-mail (VBM) test for local elections. The program was deemed a success . . .
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