For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Woon
May 5, 2020
PORTLAND — New data released by the Oregon Secretary of State today shows that 1,006,266 Oregonians are now registered Democrats, making the Democratic Party the first political party in Oregon history to surpass the 1 million mark, and showing an increase of 10,000 new Democrats over the prior month.
“These numbers are for the record books, and demonstrate the strength of our Party’s vision for all Oregonians and the work of Democratic activists from all corners of the state,” said Carla “K.C.” Hanson, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. Currently, there are more than 30 Democratic county parties and 17 caucuses representing the diverse views of Democrats from all walks of life in Oregon.
“Oregon Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own, and now — together — we are more than one million strong,” said Hanson. “Oregon Democrats set the standard for progressive leadership. We strenuously resist the Trump agenda, and work hard to ensure ALL Oregonians have access to health care, good jobs with fair and equitable pay, quality public education, sustainable energy, and a clean environment. This election year Democrats must fight to take back our wounded nation and continue the progress we’re making here in Oregon.”
While Republicans have achieved a net increase of about 5,000 voters in the last year in Oregon, Democrats have seen a net increase of nearly 30,000. New automatically registered voters are choosing to become Democrats at more than triple the rate than they join other parties. That’s because more and more Oregonians agree with Democrats’ belief that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.
“Republicans have a million reasons to be nervous today. This remarkable achievement is a testament to what we already knew: Democrats are more energized and better organized than ever before,” said Tom Perez, DNC Chair. “Every day, Chair Hanson and Oregon Democrats are doing the hard work of strengthening our party and bringing more voices into our democracy — that dedication is going to pay off in November.”