False election information is a growing problem in Oregon and around the country. This week, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan is launching a new initiative to “prebunk” false information by getting accurate information in front of voters before they are exposed to misinformation.
“Our best tool in the fight against false information is true information,” said Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. “We are committed to reaching Oregon voters early and often so the first thing they hear about Oregon elections is the truth.”
Both major parties — Republicans and Democrats — are holding closed primaries, which means only people registered as a member of the party can vote for their candidates. The winners go on to face each other in the General Election in November. You can change your party affiliation online if you’d like to vote in either party’s primary. The deadline to change your party affiliation before the May Election is April 26.
You can also be a member of a minor party or not affiliated with any party at all. You’d still get to vote on the many important nonpartisan contests in the May Election.
So don’t get caught off guard. Check your registration status and make sure you’ve got everything set up the way you want it.