In Oregon, we sometimes take for granted our right to vote in free and fair elections. After all, we have a relatively modern and convenient voting system, thanks to online voter registration and vote-by-mail.
But voting is powerful, and the temptation to distort the vote count is ever present. In Oregon, we continue to see bills at the legislature that would suppress or otherwise threaten the vote. Moreover, the process of redrawing district lines every ten years -- and thus determining whose votes count most -- is still controlled by the legislature with an eye toward maximizing power for each of the two major political parties and for incumbents.
Nevertheless, most Oregonians believe in protecting everyone's right to vote and keeping elections fair. We can continue to enjoy a convenient, free and fair election process, provided we continue to modernize it as necessary and remain vigilant to attempts to game the system.