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Oregon Republicans Pass 2012 ‘Freedom Primary’


Sunday February 5, 2012 – 02:00 PM PST

Oregon Republicans Pass 2012 ‘Freedom Primary’
Non-Affiliated Voters invited to vote with Republicans in 3 statewide races

Albany, OR – The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, at its winter meeting yesterday in Albany, voted to allow registered non-affiliated voters in Oregon to participate in the Party’s May 2012 primary election for partisan statewide offices.

The decision affects the three primary election races for state office: Secretary of State, Attorney General and Treasurer, and applies only for the 2012 election.

“We have seen the Democrats become more and more beholden to special interest groups that we do not think reflect the values and vision that a majority of Oregonians have for our state,” said Allen Alley, Chairman of the Oregon GOP.

“We believe that the Republican Party messages of responsible, responsive and efficient government coupled with fostering economic prosperity are not just Republican values, they are values that non-affiliated voters and even Democrats can embrace.  Non-affiliated voters are the only group that has not been allowed to cast a ballot in primary elections for partisan state offices. The Oregon GOP is sending them a message: we want you.”

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