Voting in Oregon


Registering to vote in Oregon is quick and simple. Oregonians can register:

​​The deadline to register 21 days before Election Day.

To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident and at least 17 years old. Online registration requires a current Oregon drivers license or state ID card.​​​​​​​​​​​

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 simply 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.​​​

You should update your registration if you move, change your name or mailing address, or want to select or change a political party.

Students attending an out-of-state college or voters traveling during an election can still receive a ballot. Fill out this form and return it to the county elections office, or this information can be updated online using My Vote​.​​​​​​

If you are 17 years old, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.

If you will receive your citizenship on or before an election, you must submit a voter registration card before the 21-day voter registration deadline.

After takinig your oath, you must appear and provide evidence of citizenship to the elections office in the county where you live, on or before Election Day.

Questions? Contact your county elections office​ or the Oregon Elections Division.​​​​

Each major political party uses the Primary Election to nominate their party candidates for the November General Election. Each state has different rules governing Primary Elections. In Oregon, parties have a "closed system," meaning voters must be a member of a political party to vote in that party's Primary Election.

Example: 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 Republican Party candidate in the Primary Election.​ 

Major Political Parties

Independent Party

Republican Party​

Minor Political Parties

Constitution Party​

Libertarian Party

Pacific Green Party

Progressive Party

Working Families Party​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Organizers of voter registration drives have five calendar days to turn in completed forms to a county elections office, and cannot coerce people to register with a particular political party.

Voter registration forms can be obtained from county elections offices. To obtain 500 or more applications, fill out this form​ (PDF), and return it to the Oregon Elections Division​.​​​​​​​​​​ ​


“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

​Protecting the Integrity of Elections

Oregon has a proud tradition of open, accessible and fair elections. Voter fraud is rare but taken seriously.

If you believe someone has violated Oregon elections law, contact the Elections Division. Every complaint will be investigated, and violations will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Oregon supports unparalleled transparency. Contact your county elections office to observe the election process.​​​​

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