EUGENE — Oregon officials say they are reminding unaffiliated voters that they still have time to register with a political party and participate in the May primary election.
The Register-Guard reported that Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says there are 540,000 unaffiliated voters statewide. The state will send mailers that lay out the primary options for those voters.
Atkins’ office says the mailers are being sent because the Independent Party has decided to open its primary voting to unaffiliated voters, while the Oregon Democratic and Republican parties have decided to keep their primaries closed to those voters.
Unaffiliated voters make up 24 percent of registered voters in Oregon, up from 22 percent in 2001, and fewer voters are registering as Democrats or Republicans.