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Report Slams U.S. Voter Registration Errors; Oregon Seeks to Improve by Sharing Data with Other States

02/14/2012 - Oregon will start sharing voter registration information with seven other states as part of an effort to improve a voter data system around the country that is riddled with errors, officials announced Monday.

The Pew Center on the States announced the data-sharing project while releasing a report that estimates that about 1.8 million dead people are still listed on voter rolls and that some 24 million voter registrations–about one out of eight –are "significantly inaccurate."

Oregon election officials say the state does a better job of keeping its voter registrations up to date because the vote-by-mail system helps them find out if someone has moved or died more quickly. Even so, Secretary of State Kate Brown said sharing data with other states should improve accuracy and increase the number of registered voters.

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