Voting in Oregon


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

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

To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident and at least 16 years old. Online registration requires a current Oregon driver 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 and security.

Voters' pamphlets with information on ballot measures and candidates are sent to Oregon residents two to three weeks before each statewide election, giving voters time to research issues on the ballot, including state and local measures and​ candidates.

Active registered voters receive an official ballot to complete and return. The ballot can be mailed or dropped off at any official drop box​ ​across the state.

Ballots must be received or mailed with a valid post mark 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 the Absentee Ballot Request Form ​and return it to the county elections office, or update online using My Vote​.​​​​​​

If you are 16 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 taking 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, major parties have the option of choosing a "closed system," meaning only 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.

Example of the "closed system": 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.​

Example of the "open system": 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.

All registered voters can participate in the General Election.​

Major Political Parties

Republican Party​

Minor Political Parties

Constitution Party​

Independent Party

Libertarian Party

Pacific Green Party

Progressive Party

Working Familie​s Party​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Organizers of voter registration drives have 5 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 get 500 or more applications use this online form: Request for Voter Registration Cards

​​Path of the Ballot​ Video

Wondering how your ballot gets counted?​ Watch Path of the Ballot:


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“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.​​​​​​