Oregon Motor Voter Act FAQ
In January 2016 Oregon's voter registration law, Oregon Motor Voter, took effect.
Oregon Motor Voter is modernizing voter registration in Oregon by providing a secure, simple, and convenient way for more Oregonians to become registered voters.
Under the old system, most Oregonians needed to take a
separate step to register to vote at the DMV after obtaining or renewing their
driver license. This law makes voter registration automatic, shifting from
an opt-in process to an opt-out process. It eliminates the need to
fill out the voter registration card for those with qualifying interactions at
the DMV. Instead, eligible Oregonians will receive a mailing from the Oregon
Elections Division explaining their options for registering to vote.
A qualifying interaction is when an eligible unregistered
voter (over 16 years old, an Oregon resident, and a US citizen) visits the DMV
to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit.
With the Oregon Motor Voter card, you have three options:
- Do nothing. You will be registered to vote as a nonaffiliated voter (not a member of a political party).
- Choose a political party by returning the card. Joining a political party will allow you to vote in its primary elections.
- Use the card to opt-out and decline to register to vote.
No. The default is that you will be registered as a
nonaffiliated voter (not a member of a political party). The Oregon Motor Voter
notification (OMV Card)
you receive in the mail will give you the option of
affiliating with a party.
Opting out is simple. The Elections Division will send you information on Oregon Motor Voter that explains your automatic voter registration options. If you don’t want to be registered, just check the box on the OMV Card to opt out, sign it, and drop it in the mail. A pre-paid postage envelope is included with your OMV letter.
You have 21 days from the date the OMV Card is sent to
respond; otherwise you will be automatically registered to vote. However, you
can unregister at any time after that by contacting your county clerk’s office in
writing or in person.
The bill has a robust opt-out provision. Plus, registered
voters can unregister at any time by requesting that their registration be
You only need to opt out once. We will not register you again unless you change your mind. If you do change your mind, you can register to vote either online or by filling out a paper registration form.
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