The deadline to register is 21 days before Election Day. You can update your voter registration information, until 8 p.m. on Election Day and still cast a ballot. However, if your registration is updated close to an election, your ballot might have to be issued at the county elections office.
UPDATE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION. It is important to keep your information current on your voter registration. If computers cannot scan your signature properly, your address maybe used to verify your ballot. Your address may also be used to verify petition signatures.
WHY CHOOSE A PARTY
The Party you choose will determine if you can vote in the Primary Election. The PRIMARY ELECTION is only to determine the candidates for the major parties that will run in the GENERAL ELECTION. There are three major parties receiving ballots: Republican Party, Democrat Party and Independent Party. The MINOR PARTY candidates do not compete in a ballot primary. Candidates are nominated at their Minor Party Convention to run in the General Election.
CHOOSING A PARTY
A Party Platform is the most important document that a political party produces. The platform is a written document that describes in detail the Party’s official principles, policy stances, and priorities. It is rewritten every four years at the party’s convention and touches upon a wide range of different issues.
Candidates that run to represent a party are expected to support their platform. To help you find a party that fits your convictions, review the comparison chart summarizing the platforms. For more detail, see the party platform websites.
MAJOR PARTY PLATFORMS:
MINOR PARTY PLATFORMS:
REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER:
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:
• “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.
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 provide a copy of one of the following:
- Valid photo identification, including driver’s license.
- Paycheck stub with name and address.
- Utility bill with name and address.
- Bank statement with name and address.
- A government document with name and address. or
- proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act.
YOU ARE NOW READY TO REGISTER:
You can register to vote in Oregon:
- Online using the My Vote portal
- Must have current Oregon driver’s license or non-driver ID card.
- By mail with the application for an Oregon Voter Registration Card (Form SEL 500).
- Mail the form to your local County Elections office. Offices are listed on the form.
- In person at your local county elections office.
- Oregon residents may also register to vote when they fill out their driver’s license application or vehicle registration at the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV). Voter registration cards may also be obtained at the following places:
- County elections offices.
- The Oregon Secretary of State’s office.
- Voter registration drives.
REGISTER AND VOTE