While the information about how Vote By Mail works is still correct, some dates mentioned in the recording are for 2018 (such as the voter registration deadline).
“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, 32nd President of the United States
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
county elections office to observe the election
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.
Voters' pamphlets are sent to Oregon residents two to three weeks before an election, giving time to research issues or candidates.Registered 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 mailed or dropped off at any
official drop box across the state.
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.
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.
Pacific Green Party
Working Families 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