The following are some important facts about voting in Oregon. With the
General election coming up in November, you will soon be hearing
a lot about issues that will affect your life. Registering to vote
in Oregon is a very simple and quick process, and now that Oregon
has vote-by-mail, the whole process is even easier. Watch for the
Voters Pamphlet in the mail, and make a difference by voting!
Who can register to vote?
can register to vote if you are 18 years or older on election
day, a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Oregon. You can register
at any time. However, in order to vote in an election, you must
register 21 days before the election. After receiving your completed
registration form, the county elections office will mail you
a Precinct Memorandum Card. This card shows your precinct number
and the federal, state and local elections districts in which
do I register?
can register to vote in person at your county elections office
or by mail with a voter registration card. These cards are available
in telephone books, libraries, post offices, schools, banks,
and at DMV offices. Frequently asked questions and answers are available here. A downloadable registration form is available which should be filled out and mailed in. You cannot
are the political parties I can choose from?
this time, the political parties in Oregon are: Democrat, Libertarian,
Pacific, Reform, and Republican. You may choose your party affiliation
when you register to vote or you may choose not to be affiliated
with any political party. The major political parties in Oregon
are the Democratic and Republican parties. The other parties
are minor political parties.
registered, do I need to update my voter registration information?
can update your registration up to the day of the election. However
you will have to do this in person. [Voter registration cannot
be transferred from another state. To vote in Oregon, you must
be registered in Oregon.] Reasons to update your registration
would be name change or moving within the same county. Please
contact your local county election office if you have any questions.
Their names and addresses can be found here.
do absentee ballots work?
registered to vote in Oregon may ask for an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots are available by written request 45 days before
an election. If you vote absentee, you must return the ballot
to the county elections officer by 8:00 p.m. on election day.
You can return the ballot by mail or hand-delivery.
is a ballot measure created?
measures are created through the initiative process and the legislative
initiative originates from the citizens. Citizens write a proposed
law or constitutional amendment and present it to the people
through an initiative petition. A certain percentage of voters
must sign the petition endorsing the proposed law or amendment.
When enough signatures have been obtained, the initiative then
becomes a ballot measure and is voted on at the general election.
referendum originates from the state legislature. This process
allows voters to accept or reject a proposed new statute or constitutional
amendment that was created and accepted by the Oregon Legislature.
cast a yes or no vote for a ballot measure. If a measure receives
a majority of yes votes, it become law or a constitutional amendment.
A ballot measure can be proposed at the state, regional, county
or local government level.
more information on Oregons initiative process, click here: Direct
Democracy: Initiatives and Referendums.
more information on voting, see the following websites:
Secretary of State Elections Division
of Women Voters of Oregon