House Bill 3304
Should Dead People Vote In Oregon?
When a person dies in Clackamas County, the Vital Records
division in each county's Health and Human Services
gathers information and produces two death certificates; an
abstract death certificate within 48 hours (public
information per ORS 432.105) and a full medical death
certificate that is sent to the State Health Division within
two weeks. Once the death certificate reaches the State
Health Division, it is compiled with other death certificates
and sent to the Secretary of State's office at the end of the
month. (ORS 247.570). The Secretary of State will then
send a death notice to all County Clerks to remove the names
of people who have died from the voting lists. This process is
the same for all counties and can take up to two months for
the removal of the names of people who have died.
In Clackamas County, the Elections office will update their
voters list by researching death notices in local newspapers
prior to state notification. This helps, but many are missed
because people die in other counties and may not be written up
in the local newspapers.
The Elections Department Had No Idea I Died
House Bill 3304 will fix these problems
Instead of waiting (up to) two months for death notices to circulate to the county election offices, this
bill will streamline the notification process down to a few days for the local county election office and
about a week for all counties statewide.
This new process is simple. When the county registrar makes up the death certificates as
required by law, they simply make up an additional certificate and mails it to their own county
election office. The county election office will then remove the name and forwards the notification to
the Secretary of State who will then send it out to all counties statewide in a matter of days. The best
part of this bill is that it streamlines the election process and will actually save money by eliminating
the extra processing and mailing of ballots to people who have died in Oregon.
Request to change law by Eugene Schoenheit
HB 3304 sponsored by State Representative Linda Flores, Gallegos, & Mabrey
Dedicated to Marie Hester
1918 to 2002
(7-21-03) HB 3304 was signed into law today by the Governor