By Associated Press • 

Oregon automatic voter registration bill advances

SALEM — An Oregon legislative committee has advanced a measure that would use driver's license records to automatically register people to vote.

The House Rules Committee approved the bill on Wednesday, sending it to a budget committee.

The measure is a top priority for Democratic leaders, who are using their expanded House and Senate majorities to quickly push through bills that were stymied in previous years.

Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown, who proposed the bill, estimates about 300,000 eligible voters will be identified. They'll be sent allowing them to opt out of registering or choose a political party. If they don't opt out, they'll get a ballot in the mail during the next election.

State experts estimate it will cost about $800,000 to comply.

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