Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan to discuss voting rights at OSU McCall conference on May 27
CORVALLIS, Oregon – Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan will speak about Oregon’s electoral system and ongoing efforts to establish fair and accessible elections for this year’s Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture at the ‘Oregon State University.
The lecture, hosted by OSU’s School of Public Policy at the College of Liberal Arts, will be delivered remotely via Zoom at 6 p.m. on May 27 and is free and open to everyone. To register, visit this link.
Elected Secretary of State in November 2020, former Senator Fagan has been a strong supporter of Oregon’s postal voting system and supports legislation that would allow same-day voter registration, postmarked on polling day and the expansion of automatic voter registration.
The issue of access to the vote has been particularly important in recent years. In an interview in November, National Voting Rights Leader Stacey Abrams was asked, “What would a system that would have people vote look like?” she replied, “Oregon. As part of public awareness, Fagan pointed out that at a time when other states are passing laws to restrict access to voting, Oregon is working to make it easier for people to vote.
“We discussed the franchise with our students this year, and we wanted to invite a speaker who knows what this fight looks like on the ground right here in Oregon,” said David Bernell, political science professor at OSU. who organized the conference. “I want the public to come out more engaged and invested in this subject and in the need to ensure accessible, fair and secure elections.”
Fagan joins a long list of notable public affairs and journalism figures who have lectured McCall since its inception in 1982, including former Oregon Governors Neil Goldschmidt, Robert Straub, Barbara Roberts and John Kitzhaber.
OSU’s College of Liberal Arts established Governor Tom McCall’s Memorial Lecture on Public Affairs in 1982. The lecture series has two purposes: to honor Governor McCall’s legacy and the values of public service, journalism and environmental protection to which he has devoted his life; and bring to campus journalism and public affairs personalities who exemplify these values in their careers.