For Immediate Release
Oregon Passes Landmark Automatic Voter Registration Legislation
SALEM, OR - Today, the Oregon State Senate passed HB 2177, a bill enhancing the state’s Motor Voter registration system to automatically register every driver in the state.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“This legislation is a huge victory for everyone who agrees with the fundamentally American idea that every citizen should have the same opportunity to have their voice heard in our democracy.
"When hurdles that keep Americans from the polls are in place, it empowers those big polluters and corporations that already have a massively outsized influence on our government. And, all too often, these obstacles disenfranchise low income people and communities of color who are facing the worst assaults on clean air, clean water, and public health launched by those same polluters.
"Our democracy can only thrive when everyone is on a level playing field, which is why registering to vote should be easy, fair, and transparent. The Sierra Club applauds all those who fought for this bill that recognizes that essential American principle.”
The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.