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Oregon joins compact to pump up popular vote

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SALEM, Oregon — Oregon is joining a group of states that would follow the national popular vote during presidential elections. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill on Wednesday and said she’s doing it so that the vote of every Oregonian counts.

Brown said when she was Secretary of State that she had heard from state residents who didn’t think their vote counted for something.

“How critical it was for every single voter to realize that their vote really made a difference,” Brown said.

She also believes it will draw presidential candidates to the state.

“I think it’s important for Oregon to be part of the national conversation regarding the presidential election,” Brown said.

If enough states join the National Popular Vote Interstate Project to equal a majority of the electoral college votes then Oregon would follow the outcome of the national popular vote in the presidential election.

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