Avakian Presents Plan To Give Every Oregonian A Voice In Elections
PORTLAND – Today, Brad Avakian, the state’s Labor Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, proposed changes to the Oregon election process. The plan is focused on easing access to voting and improving transparency in campaign finance.
The Secretary of State is Oregon’s chief elections officer and is responsible for enforcing campaign finance regulations, voter registration and signature gathering efforts for ballot measures.
Avakian proposed reforms aimed at improving transparency in campaign finance and easing access to voter registration and other agency functions.
“Oregon should continue to implement progressive policies when it comes to voting and campaign finance,” Avakian said. “No one should be excluded from our democracy because of language or financial barriers.”
Avakian has earned the endorsement of the Oregon Progressive Party and the Working Families Party because of his progressive stance on campaign finance reform and track record of standing up for every Oregonian.
Earlier this year, Avakian announced his plan to create the Oregon Youth Vote and return civics education to the public school curriculum. The Oregon Youth vote will make special ballots available to high school students and allow them to learn the process and importance of elections. While Youth Vote ballots won’t count towards the official results, after the election the office will tally the results and show Oregon what young people thought of the issues and candidates.