Voting in Oregon

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Oregon permits online voter registration. As Oregon's elections are done by mail only, there is no need for absentee or early voting. Oregon voters must provide identification during the registration process or they will not be allowed to vote.

For full information about voting in Oregon, contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Oregon, you must be:[1]

  • A resident of Oregon
  • A US citizen
  • At least 17 years old[2]

—Oregon Secretary of State

When and where

You may 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.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of February 2015, Oregon is one of the 20 states that have implemented full 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 in federal races. You will, however, still be eligible to vote in state and local contests.[1]

Poll times

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 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.[3] Oregon is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Primary voting

Oregon is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[4][5][6]

Absentee and early voting

See also: Absentee voting and Early voting

Oregon exclusively uses a vote-by-mail system. As such, there is no need for explicit absentee or early voting procedures.[7]

Proposed changes

2013

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 have then automatically received a ballot in their mailbox.[8]

Bill Introduced House Vote Senate Vote Gubernatorial Action
HB 3521 April 30, 2013 in Oregon House of Representatives Approveda on June 25, 32 to 28

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See also

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