Oregon

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 13, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline

For more information, visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Oct. 20, 2020 – Deadline for County Elections Officials to Mail Ballots to Voters for the 2020 Election

For more information, visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Voting in Oregon

When You Can Vote

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state.  After voters have received their ballots, voters may mail in their ballots or drop off their ballots at a designated ballot drop-off location.  Voters do not need to use the box in their precinct.  Boxes are open 24 hours a day until 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.  Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

Election Day

Designated ballot drop-off locations must be open for at least 8 hours, stay open until at least 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and have a prominent sign stating that the location as a ballot drop site.  A voter waiting in line to vote or deposit a completed ballot by 8:00 p.m. must be allowed to vote.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s Oregon Drop Box Locator web page.  Contact your County Clerk for in-person voting.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

You must register 21 calendar days prior to the General Election.  The deadline for 2020’s General Election is October 13, 2020.

How to Check Your Registration: Use the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website or call 1-866-673-VOTE (8683).

Registration Eligibility

In order to be eligible to register in Oregon, you must: 

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Have established a residential address in Oregon;
  • Be at least 16 years old – 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; and
  • Not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.

How to Register

Oregon residents may register online, by mail, or in person.

Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have either an Oregon Driver’s License or a State Identification Card.  Applicants can apply to register on the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • downloading a mail-in form from the Secretary of State’s website
  • picking up a form at a post office, library, or county elections office; or
  • requesting your county elections office or the Oregon Elections Division mail you a card.

In Person

You may register to vote in person at the county elections office.  Oregon residents over the age of 16 may be automatically registered to vote when they visit the DMV to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit.

Identification Required for Registration: 

When registering, you must provide a valid form of ID.  Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card.  A suspended license is valid, but a revoked license is not.
  • If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card, the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID or a Social Security number and are registering by mail: a current and valid photo identification that shows your name, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Oregon allows voters to vote once they have received their ballots in the mail.  Ballots are mailed to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before Election day.  All other ballots should begin being mailed October 14, 2020.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, which allows voters to vote absentee once they have received their ballots.  Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day, regardless of postmark.

Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

No identification is required to either return a ballot to a designated ballot drop-off location or to fill out a ballot in person at voting booths established by the County Elections Official.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot.  A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

Moving Between Counties

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot.  A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with eligible family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Oregon-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also request a registration card through the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website or by calling 1-866-673-VOTE (8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or access them online on the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website.  To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the FPCA (see Oregon-specific FPCA page).  Ballots can be returned via U.S. Mail, email, or fax.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use the FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses).  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Oregon no later than 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Oregon-specific FWAB page.

If You Have A Felony Conviction

Convicted felons may vote, unless they are currently incarcerated.

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