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How to vote in Oregon

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Oregon mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Keep an eye on the mailbox, and be sure to mail it back or drop it in a drop-box before Election Day!

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Oregon. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Oregon you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Oregon
  • be at least 16 years old to register, and 18 years old by election day to vote
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Oregon does not offer in-person voting.

Vote by mail

Oregon conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Tuesday, October 13, 2020, you should expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail, or find a drop box on Oregon's site. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 is the last day ballots can be mailed. After this date, ballots must be put into a drop box.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

Oregon does not offer registration on Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Oregon. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Oregon's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • Oregon’s early voting is by mail. Ballot drop box sites are open 18-20 days before Election Day, depending on your area. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 is the last day ballots can be mailed. After this date, ballots must be put into a drop box.

Election contact information for Oregon

Address:
Secretary of State
Public Service Building Suite 501, 255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310

Phone Number:
503-986-1518

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