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Oregon Voter Registration Information

Friday, December 9, 2011

Primary Election
May 15, 2012

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

April 24, 2012

General Election

November 6, 2012

General Election Voter Registration Deadline

October 16, 2012

 Voter Registration and Eligibility
Must register to vote for an upcoming election at least 21 days before that election.
Can change or select party affiliation until 21 days before the primary election.


To register to vote in the state of Oregon, the individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Oregon
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day

 Note: if you are 17 years of age, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.


To register to vote you must fill out a voter registration card legibly and accurately, then submit the card by mail or in person to your County Elections Office, the Secretary of State's Office or the following locations: (contact information).

Voter Registration Agencies:

  • Armed Forces recruitment offices operated by the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Commission for the Blind
  • Community Human Services, including the former Adult and Family Services Division, Senior and Disabled Services Division, and Vocational Rehabilitation Division
  • Health Services which includes the former Oregon Health Division WIC Programs, Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, and the Office of Medical Assistance Programs
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Oregon University System

Obtain a voter registration form online here.

If you are registering in Oregon for the first time, your completed voter registration form must be postmarked by the 21st day before an election in order to vote in that election.

A voter who is unable to sign their name because of the disability should also complete the Signature Stamp Attestation form, and submit it to your County Election Official.


What is Vote-by-Mail?

Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on election day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is then filled out and returned to the County Election Office to be counted.

When are the ballots mailed to the voters?

In Oregon, ballots will be mailed out any time between the 14th and 18th days before an election.

I will be out of town when ballots are mailed. How do I get a ballot?

Absentee ballots are available 45 days before the election. You may request an early absentee ballot from your County Election official either in person, by mail, or by fax. Pieces of verification information you will need to include are: your name, residence address and, if different, your mailing address.

When must the voted ballot be returned?

The ballot may be mailed or hand-delivered to the County Election Office. In order to be counted, the ballot must be received by the County Election Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Additional Information for Overseas Voters

Source of information:

Oregon Elections Division Information
255 Capitol Street, Northeast , Suite 501
Salem,  Oregon 97310
Phone: 503-986-1518
Fax: 503-373-7414
TTY: (800) 735-2900
Toll-Free: 866-ORE-VOTES





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