Voting in Oregon is easier than anywhere else in the United States.

That's not just a semi-factual superlative. Since 1988, when Oregon became a vote-by-mail state, casting a ballot has literally been as simple as mailing a letter, a process reflected in our voter turnout rate, which is consistently among the highest in the nation.

Then last year, Oregon eliminated the last excuse anyone could possibly have.

In June 2019, the Legislature approved a bill codifying paid postage for ballots. Now, ballot return envelopes will include prepaid postage so voters don't need to take the extra step of finding and paying for a stamp.

The law, which went into effect in January, guarantees Oregonians can mail in ballots from anywhere in the country—without spending a penny.

32 Reasons to love Portland (wesley Lapointe)
32 Reasons to love Portland (wesley Lapointe)