tv Gov. Kate Brown on Voter Participation CSPAN March 5, 2019 7:41am-8:34am EST
>> thursday supreme court justices samuel alito and elana kagan testify about the court's budget. the justices will appear before house appropriations subcommittee. you can see this. live at 10:00 eastern on c-span3, c-span.org and the free c-span radio apps. >> the next oregon governor, kate brown, on improving voter participation election security is head of the 2020 election. governor brown details her status i medical restoration program and vote by mail system. her remarks were part of an event hosted by the center for american progress. this is 50 minutes.
>> welcome to the center for american progress. today the fundamental right to vote is being attacked from all directions, whether district voter id laws, native americans and other community systematic with the voter purchase, gerrymandered districts and corrupt fair elections. to make matters worse, donald trump continues to spew baseless lies about voter fraud, failing to prioritize securing the elections against foreign interference. the department of justice made clear that it can no longer be relied upon, the right of eligible americans to participate in the democratic process.
with headlines about north carolina's congressional district, those headlines are mindnumbing and a reminder for all of us about the work that needs to be done on elections. in the absence of leadership at the national level progressive champion at the state and local level are standing on the front lines of efforts to preserve and expand voting rights in america. under governor kate brown, our special guest for this morning, oregon has helped ensure that young people are seamlessly integrated into the electorate by implementing such reforms as automatic voter registration and free registration for 16-17-year-olds. at the center for american progress and generation progress, proud to release a new report that highlights the successes of organ policies and empowering eligible young voters, during the 2018 midterm elections.
generation progress is excited to launch our voice, our vote, story bank that will document the real and significant challenges too many young people face when trying to vote. we hope our initiatives will help spur lawmakers across the country to follow the examples of leaders such as governor brown. we are grateful you could join us today. to talk about your incredible work and the influence you are having on the national conversation. under your leadership, governor brown, oregon has established itself as national leader for expanding voter access and consistently ranks as one of the highest voter participation rate in the country. one need look no further than the 2018 midterm election where 60% of oregonians turned out to vote and to put that in
perspective voter participation nationally was at 47%. the question is what is the secret sauce? what is oregon's secret to having such high voter engagement in every election? is it the result of policies that make registering to vote more accessible and just that oregonians are particularly enthusiastic about the electoral process or the candidate such as yourself are on the ballot? what is the secret sauce that makes oregon such a leader? >> there are so many things that i have to start with my story and this is a very personal issue for me. when i first ran for the legislature i ended up running against a 3 term incumbent. i was outspent 2-one. my team and i worked really hard. we knocked on doors multiple times, the reason i share the stories i literally won that race by 7 votes.
20 years later, i have people come to me and say -- governor brown, i was your seventh vote, the reason you won. everyone who voted for me, everyone who worked on my campaign believe they were the reason i won. they absolutely were. that combined ever truly made a difference. for me, it is personal. i'm living proof that every voice matters and every vote need to be counted. i am we made steady progress to make sure every eligible voter has access to the right to vote. it didn't start with me.
i have really strong leadership prior to me. former secretaries of state led the effort to ensure that we could vote at home. otherwise known as vote by mail and that is extremely convenient and accessible for oregonians particularly young people with busy lives. when i became secretary of state we move forward on online registration and it was in that platform that we used to develop our automatic voter registration system. we were the first state in the country to automatic voter registration. we used the nudge principle meaning if an opt out, you are automatically registered unless you choose or take action to opt out. we now have as a result of those efforts, 90% of oregonians registered to vote in the state. registering is the first hurdle we worked on to remove and the other is collaborative efforts to drive voter turnout and happy to talk about those.
>> talk about the nudge principle and what are the arguments for that? what are the arguments against? will you be having conversations with other governors over this weekend, the national governors association meeting talking about registration and the op-ed options? >> we move forward on the op-ed principle because the data around the nudge principle, we have to make it really easy for people and that is what we did. your data gets transferred from the department of motor vehicles to the secretary of state's office, get sent a letter saying you will be automatically registered to vote unless you sign this stamped addressed letter and send it back. so that has tremendously increased numbers but also created a paradigm shift. the time and energy, can be shifted to engagement, education and empowerment. if you think about millions of dollars, thousands of hours and the time and energy the league of women voters, the oregon
student association spent on voter registration that is being spent to educate, engage, and empower, a better use of people's time. i'm going to be talking to governors about it. i'm hoping governor comeau can use oregon as a model not only in terms of the automatic voter registration but also vote at home so new yorkers can literally get a ballot and in their post office, pick it up, fill out there ballot on time with family, filling it out at the kitchen table and stick it back in the post office and send it back, pretty simple and effective and secure. >> host: i want to talk about that but with shift gears and talk about young voters. what is particularly impressive is how oregon has made the voting process more accessible is mentioned in opening remarks for the youngest voters.
every election year we, and about 6 weeks away from election. concern about low turnout numbers, this past year we saw a report after report on potential voter turnout, it is going to impede progressives in the 2018 election. young voters show up in historic numbers in 2018 and you have been a national leader, the target and help young voters vote. according to our report that is out today oregon has preregistered, close to 216,000. that is pretty cool. i have two 16-year-olds, looking to ensure voting of young people
to become ingrained, becomes part of their civic responsibility. we talked about this but walk us through policies on the ground. how it is being implemented and increasing voter engagement around young people and how we keep that engagement up from registration through actual voting. >> a couple pieces and i have to share one number. 200,000 more people under the age of 50 voted in 2018 versus 2014. the turnout rate for registered voters under 50 stayed the same. simply by making it more accessible and more convenient through preregistration and automatic voter registration,
and the paradigm shift around education and intent empowerment, and organizations, the oregon association, particularly young voters and that means on doorsteps, and fun and engaging activities. and focused on public service. taking a bus load of young people to the community and cleaning up trash and working with the community to address community needs, getting people engaged in public service and frankly tying that to education and engagement around voter access. the other pieces are policies
and we know that when we have more younger voters engaged and voting, it changes the type of public policies that we can make progress on. the last couple years we have been able to move forward on progressive policies like minimum wage, passing the nation's cold generated electricity, moving away from coal generated activity and passing the organ promise program, essentially tuition free community college for oregon high school graduates. when we get younger voters engaged, the level of public policy looks different and more reflective of those voters needs and make sure we are connecting the dots for voters particularly under the age of 30. >> since you signed the avr into law in march 2015, oregon has become a quintessential model
for other states, those who are interested in implementing the game changing policy. oregon's program operates solely out of state, department of motor vehicles but you recently proposed expanding the program to include other agencies. wise extending a vr important and what other state agencies would you like to see included in the program? >> i want to talk for a minute about why we saw the avr as being so incremental, engaging more voters, as far as government efficiency, government security, and of course cost-effective measure. every single year we literally had 125,000 postcards from dmz going to county election clerks and those county election clerks had to hand enter every single
one of them. when your hand entering data that people sloppily sometimes -- i won't speak for others handwriting but certainly might have a hard time reading. it is an efficiency and cost savings measure. the reason why we are moving to other agencies in addition to that is particularly young people, a lot are not getting drivers licenses. this is an opportunity to engage them in a different way and we are looking at university system and our department of veterans affairs to really engage voters where they are and ensure that it is a seamless system for them to participate. >> that is fantastic. that is one of the criticisms of these programs.
it limited to can register. that the part of veterans affairs or other places that are not car bounds, we try to get people off of driving. people with disabilities or the elderly are hampered by registration at the department of motor vehicles, are there other challenges like that that you consider to implement to the disgraced policy? >> absolutely. one obvious is part of human services where we engage a lot of vulnerable citizens? one of the challenges and why the system worked in oregon so well, the issue around citizenship and obviously we want to make sure that we are serving oregonians for a particular program they are eligible for and we don't want the citizenship question driving people away from services that they may need and that is why
dmv was appropriate, we were already collecting citizenship data and confirming citizenship there. that is one of the challenges in terms of systems with a system like oregon that is an opt out system. if you are doing opt in, that can change the dynamic around how and where you serve people. >> you talked about vote by mail. i want to talk about that particular policy. there has been lots of interest in voting by mail in election systems like oregon's. certainly it offers convenience for voters particularly young
and rural voters. your proposed 2019 budget aims to improve on oregon's vote by mail system by providing free paid postage for every ballot. what drove you to propose this change and what impact do you think it will have on voter participation, voters experience overall? >> i want to share the story of a voter we met on the doorstep. >> one of your 7? >> guest: know. this is more easily than by 7. it was the 2016 election cycle. and knocking on doors to make sure the ballots, and the election cycle like everyone. our engagement team knocks on the door of a voter by the name of charles. and african american veteran of vietnam and korea, his commanders told him his voice didn't matter and there was no reason for him to go.
fortunately charles had been registered through our avr system so he was registered to vote but he never actually had done it. folks help them through the process. he was able to get his ballot completed and unfortunately he didn't have a stamp. the team picked it up and took it to a dropbox. for me that was a real lesson in that having a stamp can be a barrier particularly for rural voters who live miles away from the nearest dropbox or a post office, younger folks who might not necessarily have a stamp at home. i'm absolutely committed to getting postage paid in the legislative system. there should be no barriers for people exercising fundamental
rights. a couple million dollar cost for me in terms of elections, ensuring that every voice gets hurt, is absolutely priceless. >> host: what is the response from the legislature as people look? .. we should remove every single barrier for people participating in this fundamental act. >> fantastic.
the data is mixed when it comes to whether vote by mail increases participation in general elections. it certainly has been shown to improve turnout in local elections which have been historically low. is that factor sort of a consideration as you think about vote by mail, and are using that same kind of trend when it comes to oregon in terms of voter participation? >> yes. i think what vote by mail or vote at home really took a culture change and it was a gradual shift to vote by mail. we used it for local elections, school board bond measures and that type of thing. we used it for a special election for an election for our yes, senator a few years ago when we had of resignation, and it was very successful. and then it was her interesting, it passed, i think it was
republican-controlled legislature and our democratic governor vetoed it at the request of the dnc at the time. so our democratic secretary of state went to the ballot with an initiative and oregonians overwhelmingly supported it. it was culture change indefinitely. it is a secure system as voting at the polls. it is extremely cost effective. it saves 20-30%, and most important and most importantly it is convenient and accessible voters what you live in a do or can 203 or the city of portland. and so for me that makes it, it just makes it a really wonderful tool. i think there is pushed back around voted home, vote by mail. people say i miss standing in line and talking to my neighbors. absolutely, but do you know what's happening?
people are having valid parties, discussion of the ballot. it comes out about two and a half, three weeks three weeks ahead of time along with a voters pamphlet with issue statements and candidate statements ahead of time. so people are having meetings in their neighborhoods, in their churches, in their synagogues, in their mosques about the ballot. and i think it's actually driving a higher level of engagement than frankly just standing in line because who wants to do that at this point? >> i sort of miss the standing in line thing. i go to my, the former elementary school and it is true, it is a community experience, but having those community experiences in your kitchens come in your houses of worship is also another wonderful way to generate community and interest in voting. that's fantastic. you mentioned security, sort of in relation to voting at all.
i want to talk to you about election interference by foreign and domestic adversaries. obviously major concern for elected officials and election officials and the public during the 2018 midterm election. over the last two years we've seen a lot of improvements made to election infrastructure at the state and local level. your state, oregon, ironnet cybersecurity expert to improve the overall -- hired a -- of the voter registration database but there seems to be a lack of urgency, no surprise you, at the federal level particularly from the current administration. do you think the federal government has done enough to help prepare and secure oregon and other states from foreign interference from election meddling? >> absolutely not. and honestly i'm shocked there isn't more furor from americans on this issue.
this is frankly the base of our democracy and we want to make sure that every single ballot, every single election is secure and has integra so -- integrity. i'm just appalled what's happening at the federal level which means nothing around the security and integrity of our elections. but i'm also frankly concerned about what's happening in communities around the entire nation. and after the war the bush election, our congress stood up and made a significant investment -- gore v. bush -- that was a lifetime ago honestly, and most communities are working with elections equipment that is out of date. it is, i know that machines, they don't even have the ability to fix some of these machines.
it's appalling to me what is happening in terms of our elections technology. frankly, i'm just amazed that americans are not standing up and demanding that congress and our president invest in both the security and integrity and, frankly, the monetization of our election systems. it is way overdue. >> absolutely. let me just ask you specifically, governor brown, to what additional steps do you all, sort of orga oregon plan te may be between now and the 2020 president election to shore up its election systems? you talk about a lack of a response from the federal government, but what additional support from washington would other states, including oregon, need to prepare for what challenges may come in 2020? >> i think it's mostly around cybersecurity, and i have been secretary of state now in a few years, but certainly know that attacks on our system occur on a
regular basis. and that the ability to have the technology tools to both fight back those attacks and make sure that we have the technology to withstand those attacks are absolutely instrumental. and, frankly, it's a resources game, and that's what i think it is so key that congress step up, that our president step up to invest. in terms of oregon specifically, what i do know is because of the vote by mail system or vote at home system, it enables the systems to be audited both pre- and post-elections, and verify the outcomes. and i think that's critically important. and because it is a paper ballot, and i can't stress this enough, we can replicate the results. so in 1992 when i won by seven votes i was able to sit and
watch the entire day and watch those ballots be recounted and go through come watch the election folks go through those ballots. that doesn't happen in other states that are entirely electronic. so that's one of the reasons why i think the vote by mail system is secure. it allows people to verify the results, and that's critically important in these tight elections and, frankly, in every single election. >> shifting gears just a moment. in last year's election you and your opponent ran what was reported as the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in oregon's history. there's been a lot of talk at the state and federal levels about the dangerous role that money plays in our electoral system and its influence on lawmakers. what kinds of policies need to be adopted in oregon and nationally to quell the concerns
adventure everyday americans don't feel as though their voices are being drowned out by big donors? >> let me just share one of my expenses, and oregon is one of five states in the country with absolutely no restrictions on campaign finance. so my opponent received at least $3 million from one donor. 2 million of that directly. and no one, no one should be able to buy a megaphone so loud that it drowns out all the other voices. and so something that i've been working on in oregon for a number of years is bringing reasonable campaign finance limits to oregon that will require a constitutional amendment because of a court ruling in 1997. so we are very committed to ensuring that we can get that done and put it up to the voters as a constitutional amendment. our voters will need to pass it.
some hoping to get that on the ballot in 2020. the second piece is around transparency, and i think without examining all the state i think we can be doing a better job with technology and ensuring that we can shine a light on who is investing in our campaigns. we are going to be working, oregon, we created in 2005, it was a bipartisan effort, a transparent campaign finance reporting system. so are reported every 30 days until six weeks before the election, then they go to seven days. from my perspective, i think we can shine brighter light and ensure that that reporting happens more frequently than 30 days, particularly in the last three weeks when voters have their ballot in their hands. and so we are working to enhance reporting. at the federal level, i obviously believed that the needs to be an effort in the congress to overturn citizens
united. even my mom, a former republican from the midwest, supports reasonable campaign-finance limits. this is something that we can all work together on, and i think we also need frankly i level of transparency around who is spinning and what their spending and what they want from those expenditures. >> as you talk to voters and citizens in oregon, in terms of both transparency and money in politics, what are you hearing from your citizens about both of those challenges, both of those concerned? >> i think what is good about oregon is that we are able to follow the money in politics. i think we should be able to follow it at a much higher level and that's why think we need to reduce the reporting time. i also had in my campaign ended up know how much millions of dollars of money being spent by dark sources, and we are working
on providing the tools that would ensure that that is also available for oregon voters to be able to follow the money in politics. so people are telling me they think it's outrageous that one person should be able to spend 2 million or 3 million or $4 million on a campaign, that it is crazy that they were many ads, attack ads, that we don't know who funded those attack ads. so they are horrified. oregonians, americans expect a high level of transparency and want a level playing field in terms of these campaigns. >> i could sit and ask you questions all day, but that wouldn't be fair to our audience. i want to turn to you all. maybe if you have a question to
just raise your hand. we have a microphone. adam can bring it to you. we also have a couple of questions from students and from the audience, so i've got a couple that i may read i want to turn it to the audience. in the back here on the aisle. >> thank you so much. research tells us that if you vote three election cycles in a row you have a deeper root within you that keeps you faithful for a lifetime. so our kids are really the most vulnerable. do you register in high school? and then how do you track into college sometimes far away from home? and what's our solution to that? early years of voting perhaps being more difficult to get them out of the college dorm rooms
and play areas and into the voting booth. >> so as a former secretary of state, i have to say we are missing the boat in terms of civics education by waiting until then people are eligible to vote. and we know from the data it's really clear that civics education needs to start not in high school but in middle school, and i applaud the efforts of organizations like the classroom law project to literally give students hands-on learning experiences, whether it is freaking out a change the city ordinance or testifying on a bill in front of the legislature. so we cannot neglect those investments in civic education. and have to say thank you to all the volunteers and the volunteer lawyers who are doing that work across the country. in terms of registering voters in our high schools, absolutely, but one of the most fun side i think of adulthood is getting
your drivers license. and so with our new voter registration at the age of 16, if at the same time you're automatically being registered to vote, that is i would say 9% of the battle. in terms of following our students, because it is vote by mail they can simply go online and provide their new college address. so they get their ballot whether they're going to georgetown university or the university of montana or, frankly, i better put in oregon school in there, heartland state in downtown portland. so it makes -- portland state. i also know parents end up mailing the ballot before engaging students that have left home, there's no way of doing it then vote at home, but by mail. these efforts continue on campus though. our student association have very active voter engagement, and i'm excited, our congress,
our congressional delegation are very active about appearing on campus and i certainly try and get on campus as well to talk directly with students because that makes a huge difference. thank you. >> i think the other fees that's interesting, and you mentioned this earlier in your remarks, is that in addition to registering young people to vote, having policies that speak to the needs and the challenges of young people is important to you talk about education, housing, college affordability, health care. all of these issues speak to young people and i think it's not only important to have registration efforts, and that's critical, but you also need to make sure that you don't ignore a group of people until just weeks before an election, that you're actually being authentic. i think you as governor of oregon are doing just that and that is vertical to ensuring that people have recent book. >> absolutely, and we can show
students the data. it's really clear. in 2008 we saw that we had a relatively grand student voter turnout, then in 2009 we saw a direct correlation with the legislature putting significant resources into our university system to ensure that students of all income levels could attend. and so we are able to show these direct data points to students, and that really makes a difference. but i tell them when, over the age of 65, if 90% of people vote, who are elected officials going to listen to? people over the age of 65, right? and so if we could get 90% of students under the age of 30 or 25 voting, it will absolutely change the policies that elected officials are focused on.
>> so true. i think we have a student from howard university in the audience who has a question to ask. >> hello. i attend howard university in d.c., and last year, this year's midterm election i was -- last years midterm elections are supposed to vote for the first election and i would be the first one i would be voting in. as a freshman student at howard university i still call ohio my home so i requested an absentee ballot from out-of-state. i was told the patient and keep track of my ballot tracking the online system. i waited and waited and my ballot never came. the system i was asked reliant failed. and like some others voting absentee i missed my first midterm election. i was eligible to vote in. what are some solutions that can implement it at the state or national level to promote young people to prevent young people from going through the situation once again?
>> i really appreciate the question, and to some new literally won her first race by seven votes, i just want to tell you that your voice is really important and your vote needs to be counted. it is incumbent upon us as public officials to ensure that we can make that happen, not just in our own states but across the country. so i want to applaud the efforts of leadership in congress right now of my two senators, merkley and widen com, for tackling somf these issues. and that is illuminating requirements are met absentee ballots, making sure that folks that are away from home can vote, essentially electronically. and we implemented that system for our overseas military and we implemented that over te ten yes ago with a signature verification, don't panic. so these are some of the
techniques that can be used. and online registration and online address updating can all help. but it do think in a situation like yours, and we had it happen in an election cycle i think with hurricane safety, we got a call from voters who were stranded on east coast and couldn't get home and wanted to vote. and we were able to transmit essentially an electronic ballot to them. they were able to vote, verify the signature and have the vote be counted. so there are techniques and methodologies. we have to elect people intersect of states office and in our congress and in our legislatures to support these policies, and i'm insulting people speak to the fire as well. >> to underscore something you said. i do think people neglect the importance of that role of sectors estate in states, and as you said not just because you were one. they are essential, they are
just essential policy positions for so many of these critical issues. >> absolutely. if you look at what's happened across the united states him and i'll pick on texas and north carolina. texas, the law passed, a voter registration law, that prohibited use of a student id as id for voting, which i find absolutely appalling. in north carolina there were so many things that happened there. these are because we are, as in the united states, electing people who are specifically restricting access to the ballot. and they are doing it conscientiously and very, very explicitly to young people, to people of color, to low income people come to our seniors. there is, it's been a tan, obsolete to decade effort to restrict access to the ballot, and where to stand up and we have to fight against it every step of the way, including our secretaries of state.
[applause] >> absolutely. a question appeared in the front, adam. -- up here. >> thank you for all of your efforts. i'm interested in knowing when you get out of the washington d.c. bubble and go to states like oregon, wisconsin, nevada, local news media, whether their local radio stations, local tv stations and campus newspapers are actually quite important within the states, more so than cnn or fox news. people watch those things and listen. so what was the activity in your local media disperse across the board to these efforts of yours? >> to the automatic voter registration? well, i have to be upfront with you. first of all, it took a multi-your effort your effort. i started in 2013 when i was secretary of state.
we came up with the concept. we drafted it. we literally lost it on our senate floor by one vote. it was very partisan democrats only. we couldn't get any republican votes for it. but we were able to take a run at it in 2015. i said this is going to be the entire focus of our sector of states office, to pass this automatic voter registration legislation. we got it drafted. it was literally on its way to the governor's desk when my governor resigned and i became governor. because the secretary of state is lieutenant governor so i got to sign the bill. we get no republican support from it. and i would say that the press was mixed about it. i will tell you that particularly young people were extremely enthusiastic. our communities of color were extremely enthusiastic because they knew what would happen. it would enable us to engage a
more diverse population in the voting process. i think the press in oregon, generally speaking, is okay with it. i can't say that they are enthusiastic with it. but frankly we implemented i would say pretty seamlessly, and we crafted a blueprint for other states to use. and i know that at least 15 other states have passed something akin to our automatic voter registration system. so i knew it was right thing to do, and it didn't care where the press was, and i was going to do everything i could to make it happen and implement it successfully. anything by all accounts it's been extremely successful. >> great. i'm so very proud of the center for american progress democracy team and generation progress
millennials outreach arm pit as i mentioned him generation progress launched our voice our vote which is a story bank which documents the challenges that young people face when trying to vote. i want to read a question from natalia was a florida voter, reader question and have your answer that for us. as the federal government refuses to move india on pro-democracy and pro-voter reforms in my home state of florida, voters overwhelmingly chose to restore the voting rights of 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people showing the country that voters care about fairness in our democratic process. how do you see the influence of people powered campaigns in restoring fairness to our election systems as we head into the next election cycle? what you think about that voter driven initiative to bring
1.4 million people into voting rolls? >> its extraordinary and makes my heart sing. i mentioned earlier that her vote by mail system came to the initiative process, power to the people. we saw what happened in florida and actually believe if that had been in place before the 2010 election, you might have seen a different turnout for the gubernatorial race in florida. i think because of the challenge in terms of our legislatures and our congress, i think there are 23 or 24 states that have the initiative system, and a think there should be strategic plan to figure out how we engage voters with the dynamics being sort of one size doesn't fit all, to do it at a a
state-by-state level. there ought to be a campaign, are to be strategic and it ought to be comprehensive around the country. how do we do this? and let me give an example. in oregon we have a 30 day cut off for our voter registration. it's in our constitution. it came as a result of a takeover of a very small town. it's a really long story that it don't want to go into, antelope oregon but we know that would be very difficult to change. that's why we were focused on automatic voter registration because now we have 90% of eligible electorate registered. so it has to be a state by state action plan, and this is a great -- i would be happy to work with anyone in terms of how do we build this plan. we have to be strategic, systematic, and it has to be stating each of the states one by one. but i know we can do this. i know that the people can make a difference. >> fantastic. i want to end with one last
question from kneeland phillips who is from portland, oregon, and she writes as a young working-class woman of color i often wonder whether the policies championed by our leaders at my community in mind. often where only talked about around election season and as constituent groups. our lived everyday experience is forgotten about the rest of the year. how are you censoring the most marginalized communities in your agenda and ensuring that we are counted and heard year-round? >> thank you for the question, and i just have to share our numbers around automatic voter registration, our voters are less white than the electorate as a whole here 33.9% of all likely hispanic voters, motor voters in oregon. 28% of all likely african-american voters are motor voters, 26% of all likely
asian voters are motor voters. so we know making a difference in terms of communities of color and we're seeing it on the ground terms of policy. this could be a very long conversation, but for me it's about people, it's about policy, and it's about how we spend our resources. i want to share a couple of the public policies we were able to pass last year. one, we now with really strong leadership from the legislature and my office, we were able to pass cover all kids, ensuring that every single child in oregon regardless of their immigration status have access to healthcare. we were able to pass the women's reproductive health equity act which is landmark legislation and ensures that every woman regardless of her income, regardless of where she lives, regardless of immigration status has access to the full complement of reproductive health services. so we are seeing the difference
in terms of voter engagement, and are policies on the ground, and that's what it's so critical that we move forward on progressive policies that ensure that every single voice is heard and that every vote is counted. >> i am sad to say that our hour has come to a close. i know, it's just amazing. thank you so much for your questions. governor brown, i want to thank you for your incredible leadership but what you're doing that just for oregonians leading the country in this conversation and so many others. i want to wish you luck in having conversation with other governors over the weekend, and thank you for being here at the center for american progress. >> thank you all so very much. [applause]
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