How to vote in Oregon

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. 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! You can also vote in person if you prefer to do so.

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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Oregon can look up where to vote on Oregon's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Oregon voters can complete their ballots anywhere they choose. If you are uncomfortable voting your ballot at home or elsewhere, there are privacy booths available at your county elections office. Contact your county elections office for further information.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in Oregon before, you don't need to show ID.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't include your driver's license or state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid 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.

Vote by mail

Oregon conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Tuesday, October 16, 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 or GetToThePolls.com.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US 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. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  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.

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 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 16.

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