Voting in Oregon
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
To vote in Oregon, you must meet the following requirements:
- A resident of Oregon
- A US citizen
- At least 17 years old
When and where
You may also register to vote at any County Elections office, the office of the Secretary of State, any DMV office or by downloading the registration form and sending it to your County Elections office. The deadline to register is 21 days before an election.
As of September 2014, Oregon is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website
Voting on election day
Oregon is a vote-by-mail state. If you do not provide valid identification during registration, you will not be eligible to vote for federal races. You will, however, still be eligible to vote for state and local contests.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
Oregon is an elections by mail state. A voter can still vote on Election Day at their local municipal clerks office, however, between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Oregon is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Absentee and early voting
Oregon exclusively uses a vote by mail system. As such, there is no need for explicit absentee or early voting procedures.
The 2013 Oregon State Legislature considered a bill that would have permitted automatic voter registration. The bill passed the House, but did not receive a vote in the Senate. The process would have required the DMV to send information on licensed drivers to the Secretary of State. Those that met the legal requirements to vote and were not already registered would be added to the system. As Oregon uses a vote by mail system, most residents would then automatically have received a ballot in their mailbox.
|Bill||Introduced||House Vote||Senate Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|HB 3521||April 30, 2013 in Oregon House of Representatives||on June 25, 32 to 28|
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Voting in Oregon," accessed June 10, 2014
- Oregon Votes, "2014 Elections Calendar," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Learn About Vote by Mail," accessed December 16, 2013
- Argus Observer, "Oregon bill would make voter registration automatic," May 9, 2013