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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need an Oregon driver’s license or ID card to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Oregon state voter registration form or call (503) 986-1518 to have one mailed to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Fill in the circle if you’re a US citizen and at least 17 years old

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your birthday and county

Step 6 · Provide your phone number and email

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your mailing address, if different from your street address

Step 8 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

  • If you don’t have any of these, fill in the appropriate circle and include either a copy of a photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address when you mail your application

Step 9 · Fill in the box to select your political party or fill in the circle to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 18 and mailed to your county election office at the address listed on page 2 of the form.


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county elections official, any public library, or any post office.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Fill in the circle if you’re a US citizen and at least 17 years old

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your birthday and county

Step 6 · Provide your phone number and email

Step 7 · Provide your mailing address, if different from your street address (optional)

Step 8 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have any of these, fill in the appropriate circle and include either a copy of a photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address when you mail your application

Step 9 · Fill in the box to select your political party or fill in the circle to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 18 to your county elections official


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an Oregon address by Oct 18
  • Be 17 years old to register and 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8 to vote in the 2016 election
  • Not be in jail for a felony
  • Not currently be judged incapacitated by a court
Online
October 18

Mail
October 18

In Person
October 18

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

If you don’t want to vote by mail, contact your county board of elections for in-person voting locations and times on Election Day, Nov 8

Who can vote by mail

All voters registered in Oregon automatically receive a ballot by mail at the address where they registered to vote

Any voter registered in Oregon who is away from the address where they registered to vote during an election can apply for an absentee ballot


1. Receive your mail ballot

If you’re registered to vote in Oregon, you’ll automatically receive a ballot at the address where you’re registered between 2 to 3 weeks before the election.


2. (if applicable) request a form

If you need an absentee ballot mailed elsewhere because you’re traveling or out of state around the time of the election, you can fill out an absentee ballot requestonline or download and print the absentee ballot request form. Once you receive it fill it out:

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide the address where you registered to vote

Step 3 · Provide your birthday and county

Step 4 · Provide your phone number and email address

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide a mailing address

Step 6 · Check the box to indicate which month you’ll be away from home

Step 7 · Provide the address where you want your absentee ballot mailed

Step 8 · If you want to receive absentee ballots for more than 1 election, explain which elections

Step 9 · Sign and date the form

Step 10 · Mail the completed form to your county election official. The form must be received by Nov 3.


3. Vote
  • Once you receive your mailed or absentee ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out and return it
  • All mailed or absentee ballots must be received at any drop box location no later than 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on sos.oregon.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote on Election Day
November 8

If you don’t want to vote by mail, contact your county board of elections for in-person voting locations and times on Election Day, Nov 8.

Voting requirements
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be registered to vote in Oregon. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Live at an Oregon address by Oct 18 to vote for all candidates, or live at an Oregon address by Election Day, Nov 8 and vote only for US president and vice president
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail or in prison for a felony
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court

ID requirements

ID is not required to vote in Oregon.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Oregon’s voting is done 100% by mail.
You do not need to provide a copy of your ID if you’ve already voted in Oregon at least once. If you are a first-time Oregon voter and did not include your Oregon driver’s license number or Oregon state ID card number on your voter registration form, then you must include a COPY of one of the following documents with your absentee ballot request form: A valid photo identification OR a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your name and Oregon address.