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Oregon Vote by Mail

ALERT: All Oregon voters can GET THEIR MAIL BALLOTS, even those who are displaced due to fires. If you are not at your registered address, you must register two addresses through the Secretary of State’s “MyVote.”      Keep your residential address, whether the structure is still there or not so the ballot mailed to you will contain contests for where you lived when the disaster occurred. Add a temporary mailing address, where you will be when ballots start mailing on October 14th. This can be any US or post office box address, including your County Elections Office. See LWVOR Oregon Wildfires and Vote by Mail for more info and to reach County Clerks, who can still help you! The ballot dropbox locator map will be updated 20 days before the election. Ballots returned by 8pm election day to any Oregon drop box will be delivered to your home county and WILL BE COUNTED.

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Official Results

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Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Oregon voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Registration Deadlines

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Oregon Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

All voters receive their ballots through the vote by mail process. Ballots will be mailed 14 to 18 days before an election. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. Ballots begin being counted on Election Day.

Oregon conducts voting by mail only. You have the choice of mailing your ballot or returning it to any county election office or any designated drop site.

If it is determined by the county elections official that a person does not receive daily mail service from USPS, the ballot is mailed 18 to 20 days before the election. Out of state voters that are not long term absentee voters have their ballots mailed no sooner than the 29th day before the election. Long term and military absentee ballots (including all out of country ballots) are mailed 45 days before the election.

You may apply for absentee voter status if you live out of state or if you know that you will be absent for the election (i.e., you will be out of town prior to the election and are putting your mail on hold.) Absentee ballots are available 45 days before the election. To apply for absentee voter status: obtain an absentee ballot request form from your county elections office or , fill out the form, and return it to your county elections office in person, via US mail or fax.

If you prefer, your absentee ballot request can remain valid for all future elections until you notify your county elections official otherwise or you move out of the county. Please specify this preference on the request form.

To be a long term absentee voter, you must be a resident of Oregon who is absent from your place of residence. Possible long term absentee voters could include a person temporarily living outside of the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia or a spouse of a long term absentee voter.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

 

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

Registered voters receive a ballot two to three weeks before an election, giving time to research issues or candidates. Voters also receive an official ballot to complete and insert into the security envelope which is placed in the ballot return envelope and signed by the voter. The ballot return envelope can be stamped and mailed or dropped off at any official drop box ​​across the state. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.​ The Drop Box Locator will be updated 20 days before the next statewide election. For more information about local elections, including drop box locations for your county, contact your County Elections Official​. 

Early Voting

Oregon has all mail-in ballots.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/oregon.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A resident of Oregon
  • A US citizen (or will become one by Election Day)
  • At least 16 years of age (If you are 16 years of age, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.)
ID Needed for Voter Registration

You must provide acceptable ID information to register to vote.

To register to vote, complete the voter registration form online, print it out and sign it. You can fill out the form online, but will still need to print, sign and mail it in. (Please use black ink.) Mail the form to your county elections official or drop it off in person.

If you have a current, valid Oregon driver's license or ID, you must provide that number on your voter registration form. If you do not have either of these items, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form. If you do not have any of these items, you must affirm this on the voter registration form and provide a copy of one of the following with your voter registration form:

  • 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)

Your county elections office will mail you a card to let you know that your registration was received. If you are registering in Oregon for the first time, your completed voter registration form must be postmarked 21 days before the election in order to vote in that election. If you are unable to sign your name because of a disability, you should complete the "signature stamp attestation" form, which is available at your local county elections office.

ID Needed for Voting?

Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on Election Day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter. You will need to sign the return envelope of your ballot. Your signature will be matched with your voter registration card to verify your identity.

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Officials do not have an estimate for when full unofficial results will be available. In the past two general elections, about 10 percent of votes remained outstanding by noon on Wednesday (the day following the election). Official election results will be uploaded on Oregon’s Secretary of State website as they become available. 

The last date to certify the November 3, 2020 election is December 3rd.

Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

Oregon has a vote by mail process and does not have traditional polling places that require staffing by poll workers. To find out how you can volunteer on Election Day, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

You can still vote in person in Oregon. Each County Elections Office provides privacy booths for voters who want to vote in person or voters who need assistance.

All ballots must be returned to a County Elections Office or designated drop site by 8pm on Election Day.

Polling Place Locator

Oregon is a vote by mail state. You can find your ballot drop box location by utilizing Oregon State's ballot drop off directory.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your County Elections Office.

Provisional Voting

If there is a question about your eligibility as a voter or if you need to vote at a county elections office in a county other than the one in which you live, you will be issued a provisional ballot.

In order to get a provisional ballot, you need to fill out a provisional ballot request form at the county elections office. Provisional ballots are counted 14 days after Election Day. Your provisional ballot will not be counted until it is determined that you are eligible to vote.

After you have voted the ballot, you can call 1-866-ORE-VOTES or the county elections office in which you voted to find out if your ballot was counted. If it is determined that you are ineligible to vote in this election, the completed provisional ballot request form will serve as your voter registration for future elections.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are an Oregon voter with a disability, you can receive assistance to register to vote, vote your ballot, or return your ballot by contacting your county elections office office or by calling 1-866-ORE-VOTES. You can also request assistance from a caretaker, care provider or someone else you personally choose.

For more information on Oregon's resources for voters with disabilities please utilize your state's resource or the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

You must register to vote for an upcoming election at least 21 days before that election. You can also change or select party affiliation up to 21 days before the election.

You can now register to vote online! Just fill out the form found here to complete your registration. Note, online registration requires a current Oregon drivers license or state ID card.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration

click here!
Vote by Mail

Oregon has a vote by mail process. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on Election Day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is then voted and returned to the county election office to be counted.

Ballots will be mailed any time between 14 to 18 days before the election. After it is voted, the ballot may be mailed or hand-delivered to the county election office. In order to be counted, the ballot must be received by the county election office or designated drop site no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.

You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website.  

If you are a registered voter, your ballot will be automatically sent to you. You can call 1-866-ORE-VOTES or contact your county election office to make sure your vote was received.You will need to sign the return envelope of your ballot. Your signature will be matched with your voter registration card to verify your identity.

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