SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's secretary of state says more than 2.5 million people are registered to vote for the first time in the state's history and predicted a record participation in the Nov. 8 election.

The state is also on track to add over 250,000 new voters through the Oregon Motor Voter program in time for the election.

Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins said on Tuesday that Nov. 8th will be one of the busiest elections in Oregon's modern history.

She encouraged voters to visit to check their registration status. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 18, at midnight.

Oregon's new voter registration law, Oregon Motor Voter, registers voters after they obtain or renew their driver's license, permit or identification card.