We did it! The Governor has announced that he will sign fusion voting into law.

Read more from the Oregonian here.

Thank you all for your calls, emails and letters to the Legislature and to the Governor. This certainly couldn’t have happened without you. This is really something for us all to proud of: we overcame resistance from big institutional players and we won.

Finally we can PARTY! And quite a party it will be.

We didn’t win everything we wanted. We won ”fusion lite,” which allows us to cross-nominate candidates on the ballot, but without a separate ballot line which would clearly show how many votes came from OWFP voters.

This minor election reform might seem to pale in comparison to the very serious challenges faced by working families, from lost jobs, falling wages, to rising health care costs, rising college tuition, unpaid bills and home foreclosures. But this victory gives us a new tool — and we think, a powerful one — to help us tackle these issues that are affecting working people more effectively

To make a difference for working families in Oregon we need to build the Working Families Party into a force to be reckoned with. And to do that, we need you.

If you aren’t a registered Working Families Party voter, please change your registration today. You can find a registration form here

And if you’re registering yourself as a Working Families Party voter for the first time, go ahead and respond to this email to let us know! We’ll be building our party together, after all.

Our goal is to have 10,000 registrants by the end of 2009, so get all your friends, family and co-workers to register OWFP as well. And tell them to sign up for updates on our website so we can stay in touch with them.

Congratulations again!  Welcome to a new era for Working Families in Oregon!

-Barbara Dudley and Dave Strader
Co-Chairs, Oregon Working Families Party


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