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New PSA about “Postmark Rule” Hopes to Educate Voters

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SALEM, OR—Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan released a new PSA on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to educate voters about the “postmark rule”. This is the second PSA the Secretary has released as part of the Trusted Info 2022 campaign and is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Somali.

“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.”

The “postmark rule” was passed into law in 2021 and says that any ballot postmarked by Election Day is considered on time even if it arrives at elections offices up to 7 days after the election. Voters may be able to put their ballots in the mail as late as Election Day if their mail is collected by USPS and postmarked that day.

The new law means that the total number of votes cast in the election will increase in the days following Election Day. These are not “late” votes. Every vote tallied by elections officials will have been cast on time. It could also mean that very close contests will not be decided on election night.

The public service announcements were done in partnership with Happylucky, a Portland-based design firm.

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