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Tuesday in Portland: Deadline to register to vote in Oregon's primary elections arrives and more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, April 26 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Deadline to register to vote in Oregon's primary elections arrives

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in Oregon’s primary elections. In Oregon, residents are automatically registered to vote when they get their driver’s license, thanks to the “Motor Voter” law. However, those that fail to select a political party are automatically registered as “unaffiliated,” meaning they’re unable to vote in the primary elections.

In order to participate, residents need be registered to vote and have chosen a political party by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. “Unaffiliated” voters can still vote in nonpartisan races like races for Portland City Council, but won’t be able to vote in primaries for state governor and Congress. To learn more about how to register, click here.

2. New PSU report says Portland Street Response 'demonstrated success' in first year

Portland State University researchers released a new report Tuesday that showed Portland Street Response “demonstrated success” in meeting community needs in its first year. PSR was designed to provide an unarmed response to non-violent behavioral and mental health calls. The teams that respond are comprised of crisis counselors and paramedics, rather than police.

“Portland Street Response has come so far in a very short amount of time – from a small pilot program in one neighborhood to a citywide movement that has fundamentally changed Portland’s first response system,” Dr. Greg Townley, co-founder of the PSU collaborative and lead researcher on the report, said. “Portland Street Response provides a model for the nation to follow, and we look forward to continuing to monitor its progress and impact as it expands citywide.”

The PSU report recommended that the program be expanded citywide and through all hours of the day, and that it include a wider array of calls, including serious mental health crises. City officials announced last month that PSR would be expanded to cover the entire city. To read PSU’s full report, click here.

3. Lizzo bringing "The Special Tour" to Portland this fall

Lizzo is bringing “The Special Tour” to Portland this fall and presale tickets go on sale Tuesday, while the public sale begins Friday on Ticketmaster. The three-time Grammy Award winner will be at the Moda Center on Nov. 4.

Other nearby stops include Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information on “The Special Tour” and how to get tickets, click here.

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