Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling is the Director of the Center for Public Service of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He served as Secretary of State for Oregon from 1991 to 1999, and also served in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was an investigative reporter for the Willamette Week from 1978 to 1982 and an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1982 to 1984.


The Measure — and Mismeasurement — of Universal Vote by Mail

In three U.S. states—Oregon, Washington, and Colorado—the traditional polling place is now extinct. Every registered voter instead receives his or her ballot in the mail about two weeks before election day. Voters can return their marked ballots with a 49-cent postage stamp, or personally deliver them to special ballot drop sites. Fraud and other electoral… Read more »

Why Vote by Mail is Better Than Early Voting

To grasp the true power of universal vote by mail, it’s important to recognize that the act of voting is a four-step process. Step 1: Voter registration. (In every state except North Dakota, eligible citizens must separately register as voters to qualify to receive a ballot.) Step 2: Connecting voters with ballots. Step 3: Marking… Read more »