Voting in Oregon: What you need to know

States around the country are looking to Oregon for safe and effective voting practices.

Why? Because voting in Oregon is easy, but only if your voter registration is up to date.

Here’s all you need to make your voice heard!

Here are a few handy links, FAQs, and useful sources about voting in Oregon.

Do I need a stamp to vote? A ballot box? Or to leave my home?

Nope! Your ballot will arrive to you by mail about three weeks before Election Day. Your ballot will have a prepaid postage stamp on it, so you can return your ballot with your outgoing mail at home.

As of 2022, your ballot will be counted as long as it’s postmarked on or before Election Day! 

Worried about mail carrier pick-up times at your local mailbox on Election Day? Here’s a link to finding ballot boxes near you.

I’m currently on probation in Oregon. Can I still vote?

You can! Any US citizen residing in Oregon who is at least 18 years old by Election Day is generally free to cast a ballot. This includes people who are in jail on a misdemeanor conviction, on post-prison supervision or parole, or on probation.

Those who cannot cast ballots include folks currently in prison for a felony conviction, sentenced to prison but not yet incarcerated, on work release, or court-mandated to live in a halfway house.

For personal safety reasons, I don’t want to disclose my home address. Can I still vote?

Absolutely! Just complete this application, and return it to your county election office.

I am experiencing homelessness and don’t have a permanent address. Can I still receive a ballot?

Yes! As long as you can describe your location, you can vote. You can even specify a different mailing address for your ballot.

How do I vote in Oregon if my home has been destroyed or I am displaced due to wildfires?

You have several options of how to receive your ballot, including having it mailed to a temporary address or picking it up at the post office that serves your home address. More information is available from this official page from the Oregon Secretary of State.

Have a question that’s not answered here?

For more on voter eligibility in Oregon visit this Secretary of State’s page. More information about voting with felony convictions can be found here, or check out the Secretary of State’s Election Law Summary (page 36 has some especially useful info).

There’s also more here about voter confidentiality available at this Secretary of State’s webpage.

Your voice is powerful. Make it heard.

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