Facts to Know about Voting and Elections

Who can register to vote in Oregon? You can register to vote if you are a resident of Oregon, you are a citizen of the United States, and you are at least 16 years old. You will get your first ballot in the mail when you are 18. You must register to vote 21 days before Election Day to be able to vote in that election..

How do I register to vote? Register to vote online with the Secretary of State oregonvotes.gov/myvote or by filling out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card. You can get a paper card at the elections office, your public library, Oregon DMV or post office. You can also be signed up to vote as part of the Oregon Motor Voter Automatic Registration process through certain DMV interactions, but it will not happen right away.

How does vote by mail work? All elections in Oregon are conducted by the county elections office. The elections office mails ballots directly to voters. Voters complete their ballots, and then return them to the county elections office in the mail or by putting them into an official ballot drop box.

Vote by mail in a few simple steps:

  1. Register to vote before the registration deadline. You will get a Voter Notification Card in the mail confirming that you are signed up to vote.
  2. Four weeks before the election, you will receive a Voters’ Pamphlet in the mail.
  3. Two weeks before the election, you will receive your ballot in the mail. If you do not get a ballot, contact the elections office for a new ballot.
  4. Vote by filling out your ballot. You can ask for help with marking or understanding your ballot. Use a blue or black pen to mark your choices. You can leave something blank. You can write in a candidate for any race. If you make a mistake or lose your ballot contact the elections office for a new ballot.
  5. Put your ballot in the return envelope. Check that your name and address are correct. You must sign the return envelope for your vote to count. If you are not able to sign because of a disability call the elections office for help.
  6. Return your ballot by 8:00 PM on Election Day. You cannot change your vote once you have returned it.