Oregon Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Oregon
Who can register to vote?
- You can register to vote if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- Are you a resident of Oregon?
- Are you a US citizen?
- Are you at least 17 years old?
Can I register to vote if I am homeless?
- Yes, if you are a US citizen, an Oregon Resident and at least 17 years of age. Your residence address may be any place you sleep within the county. You must describe the physical location where you sleep. A homeless person may use the mailing address of the county elections official of the county in which the person is located.
Can a person who has been convicted of a crime register to vote?
- If otherwise qualified, any person can register to vote unless the person is currently serving a jail or prison sentence for a felony conviction.
How Do I Register To Vote in Oregon
In person at the county elections office.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
By mail using a voter registration formâ
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
You can register online
Click here to Register Online
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Oregon has the most convenient voting system in the country. Since adopting vote-by-mail, Oregon consistently ranks as a national leader in voter turnout.
Registered voters receive a ballot two to three weeks before an election, giving time to research issues or candidates.
Voters also receive an official ballot to complete and insert into the security envelope which is placed in the ballot return envelope and signed by the voter. The ballot return envelope can be stamped and mailed or dropped off at any official drop box across the state. If a voter casts their ballot after the Wednesday before an election, the ballot should be left at a drop box site to ensure it's counted.
Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Oregon
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries
Each major political party uses the Primary Election to nominate their party candidates for the November General Election.
In Oregon, major parties have the option of choosing a "closed system," meaning only the registered voters in that party can vote for candidates of the same party. Or, a major party can choose an "open system" where the major party allows registered voters who are not registered with any party to vote for candidates in their party's Primary Election.
If you are registered with the Democratic Party, you may vote for Democratic candidates, nonpartisan candidates and local or state measures. You cannot vote for a candidate from any other party in the Primary Election.
The Republican Party can announce they are going to "open" their Primary Election so people who are not registered with any party can vote for Republican candidates in addition to, the nonpartisan candidates and local or state measures.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in Oregon
When should I expect my ballot?
- Ballots for long term absent electors are mailed 45 days before the election. Ballots for other electors with an out of
state mailing address are mailed 30 days before the election. All other ballots are mailed between the 18th and 14th day
before the election.
When must my ballot be returned?
- Your voted ballot must be received by any County Elections office or any designated drop site by 8:00 pm on election
night. Postmarks do not count!
Can I vote online?
- No. Oregon does not have online voting at this time.
I need assistance voting, how can I get help?
- Any Oregon voter with a disability can get assistance to register to vote, vote their ballot, or return their ballot
by calling their County Elections Office or 1 866 673 VOTE. The voter can also request assistance from a caretaker, care provider or
someone else the voter chooses.
What if I am going out of town on Elections Day?
- If you are leaving the state before Election Day, currently out of state or away at school you may request a ballot from the
County Elections office. You may be required to file a SEL 111, Absentee Ballot Request Form.
What If My Address Has Changed
- You should update your registration if you move, change your name or mailing address, or want to select or change a political party.â
- At School. In Oregon, voting residency means your fixed home while there, and the place you regularly come back to after being away. You can establish voter residency in Oregon if you live and have the present intention to make your Oregon address your home, regardless of whether you intend to stay there or in the state permanently. Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.
- At Home. Like most states, Oregon allows students to keep their voting residency even if they move out of the district to attend school. While registering to vote in another state is not automatically considered abandonment of residency in Oregon, some judges or officials might view it as such. Casting a ballot in another state will, however, be considered an abandonment of your Oregon residency. If you have established voter residency in another state (e.g., by having voted in another state) and are moving back to Oregon with the intent to reside here, you will have to follow the normal registration procedures to re-register at home.
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