Haven't Voted in a While? Oregon May Find You on Facebook.

September 21, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

By The Oregonian

If you're a lapsed voter in Oregon, don't be surprised if Dennis Richardson finds you on Facebook.

The secretary of state is tapping the social media site's extensive reach to persuade inactive voters to update their registration in time for the November election. Richardson appears on a video targeted only at the 447,000 names on the state's inactive voters list.

"We want to extend every opportunity for Oregonians who are eligible to vote to be able to vote," Richardson said in a news release Tuesday.

Oregon has 2.7 million registered voters, which does not include the inactive voters. Inactive voters do not receive ballots by mail because they did not vote or update their registration information for five years, according to the secretary of state's office.

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