Dear SOU Students and Community:
Congratulations on finishing up the Fall Term! Final exams and the holiday season can be both exhilarating and stressful. Please be kind and supportive to each other in the days ahead, so that we can all begin the Winter Term happy and strong.
There is one important thing I want to call your attention to before Winter break begins. Last month, Ballot Measure 101 qualified for a special statewide election to be held on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. I hope that each and every one of you will participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in this special election you must register by Tuesday, January 2nd.
Because the deadline falls over the winter break, I am alerting you to this now in order to ensure you take the necessary steps to enable your participation in this election. You may register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State website: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx
Measure 101 – Ballot Title: Approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. Temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage. Insurers may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of these assessments.
If you have moved since the last election or have changed your signature, you must re-register using your current address to ensure your ballot will reach you. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.
Students may register to vote using a university address or a permanent home address. If you choose to register to vote at home but would like your ballot sent to your school address, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot.
If your physical address differs from your mailing address you will need to ensure that both addresses are included in your registration. This includes students who live in a residence hall.