The deadline to register to vote is 21 days before Election Day.
Elections in Oregon
All regular elections in Oregon are held on one of four days each year, except in cases of emergency. The election days are:
• the second Tuesday in March,
• the third Tuesday in May,
• the third Tuesday in September, and
• the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Elections are conducted by mail. Voters who are registered as of the 21st day before an election are mailed a ballot to vote and return by election day.
At the primary election, voters who are registered in the major political parties, currently the Democratic and Republican parties, nominate candidates to run in the general election. All voters may vote on nonpartisan contests, such as judicial elections, which are also held at the primary election. Most statewide ballot measures are on the general election ballot.
Registering to Vote
Registration by mail was authorized by the 1975 Legislature and is now the method most people use to register to vote in Oregon. Forms are located in most banks and public buildings, in every county elections office and in many state agencies. Forms also can be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 501, Salem 97310.
To register to vote, a person must be a resident of Oregon and be able to answer “yes” to the following questions on the voter registration card: *A voter registration card received in an elections office after the deadline date meets the registration deadline if it has a timely, valid postmark.
• “Are you a citizen of the United States of America?” and
• “Are you at least 17 years of age?”
If you are 17 years of age, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.
New laws require that people must provide identifying information to register to vote. A person registering to vote is asked to provide identification only if they are a new registrant in the state. Identification is not required for updates. As of January 1, 2006, individuals must provide a current, valid Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles (DMV) Driver License or identification (ID) card. If the individual does not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver License/ID, the last four digits of the individual’s Social Security number must be provided. If the individual has neither a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver License/ID nor a Social Security number, the individual must affirm this and, if they are registering by mail, must provide a copy of one of the following:
• valid photo identification,
• paycheck stub,
• utility bill,
• bank statement,
• government document or
• proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act.