The automatic voter registration via the DMV is great, but the convenience of voting by mail makes voting here in Oregon easy and convenient. We don’t have any long lines on voting days, except maybe the streams of cars of last minute voters dropping off their ballots in the additional ballot boxes set up for them. Me, I save the cost of postage and just drop it in the mail-box looking ballot box that sits permanently in front of the city hall of a small town nearby.
There is a downside as there’s no exit polling, but considering how discrepancies between exit polls and election results are being ignored in states with exit polls, it isn’t a big downside. There’s usually an early count of ballots returned prior to election day so the preliminary results are usually announced within 3 hours of the closing of the polls.
We also have legal medical and recreational marijuana, so we don’t just get high marks for ease of voting.
In the Democratic Presidential primary Bernie Sanders won in every Oregon county but one, where he lost by a single vote. We are also proud to have the only Senator who endorsed Sanders, Senator Jeff Merkley. Unfortunately our governor and other Senator endorsed Clinton and there’s a strong cadre of establishment Dems running the state party.
Oregon has laws that say you have to stop for people crossing the street and that gas stations have to have attendants to pump the gas. I’ve gotten so accustomed to not pumping gas I’ve waited by gas pumps in Washington state before having the “Oppps…gotta pump it myself” realization. People here are much more polite driving, making a point of letting cars in from side streets etc. Of course there are some, mostly from California, who haven’t caught on yet.
There may be just a tiny bit of resentment here toward Californians who move here, as they continually boast about the fortunes they made selling their California homes and how little they had to pay to get a much better home here. I don’t resent them going on and on about it, or their rude driving habits, or the way they keep talking about how this or that was better in California, but hey: IF IT’S SO GREAT IN CALIFORNIA GET YOUR RUDE…
Suffice it to say, we have some issues with border crossings.
All in all, Oregon’s a great state and I feel lucky to live here.