With just one week left to register yourself as a voter in the state of Oregon, and the US presidential election less than a month away, we’re here to provide some much-needed information.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote in Oregon.
- Tuesday, October 13 – the last day to register as a voter in Oregon
- Wednesday, October 14 – secure mail-in ballot drop box locations announced
- Tuesday, October 20 – the last day for county offices to send ballots to voters
- Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day
In order to register as a US voter in Oregon you must meet the following qualifications:
- A US citizen
- A resident of Oregon
- At least 16 years old
Voter registration deadline is October 13
To register yourself, you must provide an Oregon driver’s license, ID card number issued by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV), or permit license. Should you not have a driver’s license, you can still use the online registration form, but you must print, sign, and deliver your issued voter registration form and paperwork to your County Elections Office prior to the registration deadline.
If you have already registered, or wish to double-check that you are a registered voter in Oregon, you can use the My Vote portal to ensure you’re ready to vote.
Voting by mail
Oregon is home to a comprehensive and easy vote-by-mail system available to all residents.
Registered voters in Oregon will receive a ballot via mail two to three weeks prior to the election. This ballot must be filled out and dropped off into one of the county-specific ballot drop boxes.
Oregon State does not list locations of ballot boxes until 20 days prior to the election.
Your official ballot is to be filled out, sealed into the security envelope provided, and then placed into the ballot return envelope.
Once filled out and sealed, ballots may be returned via mail or dropped off into one of the ballot boxes in your county.
If for any reason your ballot is destroyed, damaged, or deemed illegitimate by the voter, a replacement ballot may be requested by contacting your County Election Office.
Voting under special circumstances
There are many special circumstances as to why a registered voter may be unable to vote in an election. For those that meet the following criteria, specific information regarding how to vote can be found here:
- Military and Overseas voters
- Student voters
- Homeless or Confidential voters
- Disability voters
- Wildfire Displaced voters
That’s all there is to know for now. This story will be updated when locations of safe ballot drop boxes are revealed in the coming weeks.
Reminder, your deadline to register if you are not already a registered Oregon voter is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.