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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.
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!
Need your ballot sent to a different address? Contact your county election office by November 3rd to request your ballot be sent to an alternate address.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. As long as the mail-in ballot has not yet been received by the local elections office, you may vote in-person.
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.
Voters in Oregon do not need to show ID to vote at the polls, except for first-time voters who did not submit documentation of ID on their voter registration form. Oregon has adopted vote-by-mail for all elections if voter provided ID information on their voter registration form, no further ID is needed. Acceptable forms of ID include:
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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.
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.
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.