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Public forum held to educate voters on Measure 101

There is only one issue on the January ballot and the Secretary of State's Office said this election will cost $3 million.

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 11:49 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 1:16 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- There is only one issue on the January ballot and the debate is intensifying over whether voters should support the measure.

The League of Women Voters sponsored a public forum in Springfield on Tuesday. More than 40 people showed up to learn more about Measure 101.

Click here to be taken the Secretary of State's website.

Click here for a list of official ballot drop boxes.

Roseburg State Representative Cedric Hayden spoke against the measure. He said it will tax teachers and those with disabilities. Hayden also said no one will lose their health coverage if it fails.

On the other side, former Representative Val Hoyle spoke in support of the measure. He said it would give children access to healthcare and Oregonians would see lower premiums.

KEZI 9 News spoke to a man who said he decided to vote no after listening to both arguments.

"Had I not seen this I would never have heard any real counter-arguments. There are very few people presenting any counter-arguments to 101 because as it does look on the surface it looks like a good positive step towards better healthcare for Oregon," said Logan Overton, a voter.

There is another forum happening on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Valley River Inn at noon.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, this election will cost more than $3 million.

Registered voters should have received their ballots by now. Those who have not received their ballots should confirm their registration with the Secretary of State's Office. It can also be checked online. Click here to be taken the Secretary of State's website.

The voting deadline is Jan. 23. Click here to find the nearest ballot drop box.

KEZI 9 News would like to hear from you. Share your opinion on Measure 101 on the KEZI 9 News Facebook page. Click here to be taken to the Facebook poll.

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