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Voter Registration: Oregon


VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: You must submit online registration by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 21st calendar day before an election.


 


Party Affiliation:  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.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: Must be at least 16 years old to register. If you are not yet 18 years of age, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.​​


 


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


 


Residency: Must be a resident of Oregon


 


Felony Convictions: Felons who are not incarcerated are eligible to vote in Oregon. Under Oregon law the right to vote is restored automatically upon release from incarceration.


 


ID Requirements: You must provide your valid Oregon Driver's License, Permit, or ID card issued by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A suspended Driver's License is valid, a revoked Driver's License is not valid.


  If you do not have valid Oregon ID, provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number.


  If you do not have a Social Security number or a valid Oregon identification, provide a copy of one of the following acceptable identification:


   -Valid photo identification;


   -A paycheck stub;


   -A utility bill;


   -A bank statement;


   -A government document;


   -Proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act(UOCAVA) or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act(VAEH)


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Register to vote online.


 


In person: You may also register to vote at any county elections office.


 


By mail/ in writing: Download and mail a form to your county elections office.


 


By fax: Contact your county elections official for faxing options.


 


UPDATE VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION


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


You can update your voter registration information, until 8 p.m. on Election Day and still cast a ballot. However, if your registration is updated close to an election, your ballot might have to be issued at the county elections office.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: online voter registration verification


 


Phone: Contact your county elections office.


 


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Registered voters may request an absentee ballot if:


   -You will be on vacation during an election


   -You are a college student living away from home


   -You live part of the year in another state


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


In person: Obtain an absentee form from your county elections office.


 


By mail: Mail an Absentee Ballot Request Form to your county elections office.


 


Military and overseas voting: If you are serving in the armed forces, merchant marines, or temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States you can register to vote through the Federal Voting Assistance Program's online system.Eligible voters may also register online with an Oregon driver license or state ID from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).



Military and overseas voters have a number of ways to return their ballot:



Visit the Military/Overseas Voters' Guide for more information.


NEW Information Regarding COVID-19: Due to mail disruptions throughout the world because of COVID-19, we encourage all overseas Oregon voters to contact their county election official, or email the State Elections Division at elections.sos@oregon.gov to discuss options for you to receive/return your ballot.​


Ballots are mailed to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before Election day. Ballots may be​ accessed on My Vote and filled in with Oregon's online ballot-marking tool.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Location and time: Your voted ballot must be received by any County Elections office or any designated drop site by 8:00 pm on election night.


To find the closest drop site, click on this link


 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Verifying Registration: online voter registration verification


Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/


Polling Place: Ballots are mailed to your county elections office or you may drop off completed ballots at your local drop box.


ID Requirements: Since voting is done by mail, ID is only required when registering to vote, see voter registration qualifications above to see the ID requirements necessary to register to vote.


How to Vote: ballot help


Getting your vote counted: Track your vote.


Problems with voting: contact your county elections office.


Verifying provisional ballot status:Track the status of your provisional ballot through Oregon's My Vote or you can call your county election office.


Verifying absentee ballot status: Track the status of your absentee ballot through Oregon's My Vote or you can call your county election office.

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