Voting in Oregon

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General Election

11/05/2024
General Election Date
10/15/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (online)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/31/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/05/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

How to Vote in Oregon

Learn about all the options to vote in Oregon to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Oregon is a vote by mail state. This means that all registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot to the address on their voter registration. If you have moved you must update your registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon Board of Elections Phone Number: (503) 986-1518

Oregon Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Oregon

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Oregon Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can check your voter registration online on Oregon’s elections office website here, or you can contact the Board of Elections at 503-986-1518.

It can take several weeks. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving the registration. If you do not receive a registration card in the mail, contact your state election office to confirm you are registered. Find your state’s contact information in our How to Vote in Your State section on this page! In any event, you should verify your registration a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.

Elections take place all the time throughout the year, and odds are, you probably have an election coming up in your state! In addition to the presidential election and midterm elections, you have statewide, countywide and municipal elections that you can make your voice heard in. Make sure you know when your upcoming elections are so that you don’t miss a single one! Check out when your next election is here.

Your state provides an online ballot tracking system. You can track your ballot here!

YES you are able to register to vote at your student address. You should provide your official campus mailing address as well as the actual physical address of your on or off campus residence when registering to vote. If this is your first time voting, you must have some sort of proof of address and residency that can be presented at your polling place (mail, a student ID, etc.). For more information, we suggest visiting your state’s elections office website. Remember: you can only register to vote and vote in one place, whether that is your student address or your home address!

YES, unhoused voters can register to vote and use their voice in Oregon’s elections. Unhoused voters or voters without a permanent address may list a shelter address, street corner, or park as their address. For more information on voting while unhoused, visit our friends at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

YES. In this case you must register at the last address you had before you left the USA, or at the address to which you will return to when returning to the USA (you must present some indication of a present intent to return and live there – e.g. vehicle registration, driver’s license, property ownership, family, etc). If you have never had a permanent address in the United States but are a citizen you are allowed to register at an address you plan on moving to or an address where you currently have family living. Access more information on voting overseas here.

You may call the voting rights hotline at 866 687-8683, if informing another poll worker isn’t successful. They have lawyers ready to help you. Additionally, you can call the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

You can also find Oregon’s elections office here and contact them by phone at 503-986-1518.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Oregon.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/31/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/05/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Oregon

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, meaning that all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to return it ASAP!

  • Return in person by Election Day at 8 p.m. You can return to any county dropboxes or your county election office.
  • Or drop your ballot in the mail - your ballot must be mailed so that it is postmarked by Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable.

Need your ballot sent to a different address? Contact your county election office by the Thursday before Election Day to request your ballot be sent to an alternate address.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the return identification envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you. However, once you give your ballot to someone, it must be returned within two days.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

Yes. As long as the mail-in ballot has not yet been received by the local elections office, you may vote in-person.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Oregon does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You must cure your ballot by the 14th day after Election Day.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Oregon voters are not required to show ID at the polls or by mail.

First time voters who did not provide their DL number or SSN when registering to vote will need to provide one of the following forms of identification when voting;

In Person: Photo ID or proof of residence
By Mail: Copy of photo ID or proof of residence

Valid Forms of Identification include;

  •  Current photo ID, or a copy if submitting by mail
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document/check with voter’s name and address
  • Student ID is accepted
  • Out of state ID is accepted

 

Voter ID in Oregon

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Primaries

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

You can vote in-person absentee in Oregon

If you're unable to vote by mail, you can go to your county elections office to vote in person.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Oregon, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Oregon primaries if you are 17 by the next election.