Observers watching the opening boards during the November 2020 General Election.Opportunities for observation - Protecting the Integrity of Elections

Oregon has a proud tradition of open, accessible and fair elections. Voter fraud is rare but taken seriously. If you believe someone has violated Oregon elections law, contact the State Elections Division. Every complaint will be investigated, and violations will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Oregon supports unparalleled transparency. Observers play an important role in the elections process and provide an objective review of the vote counting process. The public is welcome to observe but must wear masks while in the building. Due to physical distancing requirements we will be limiting the number of people that can observe in certain areas. If we have more requests for observation than we have space for observers we will ask observers to rotate through certain areas of the building. If you have more questions about election observation, please contact us. To volunteer as an election observer, please contact your local political party.

Most of the processes below occur during a 20-day window before Election day as ballots are returned and for about a week after Election day.

  • Public Test - Logic & accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment.

  • Signature verification

  • Ballot opening

  • Ballot scanning

  • Ballot adjudication


Due to physical distancing requirements we are limiting in-person tours to a maximum of 5 people. If you'd like to take a tour of the Elections office, please call our office or complete this online form to request a tour.