Here are recommended responses to some common questions you might get about registering to vote in the 2020 Democratic Primary.

How can Oregonians vote in the 2020 Democratic Primary?

An Oregonian can vote in the May 2020 Democratic Party Primary if they are registered as a Democratic voter on or before April 28th, 2020. 

Why can’t Non-Affiliated Voters vote in the 2020 Democratic Primary?

Oregon statute and DNC rules prevent non-Democratic voters from participating in the Oregon Democratic Primary.

How can Oregonians participate in the DNC nominating process?

The first way to participate is by voting in Oregon’s Democratic Primary. Oregon uses the results of the primary to decide how many delegates each candidate gets! Once you’re a registered Democrat, you can also run to be a delegate at the National Convention, details for that process are at dpo.org/2020.

How soon can a voter change their registration back if they only want to vote in the primary?

Ballots are mailed according to the voter registration on file with the Secretary of State’s office on April 28th, 2020. If a voter does not wish to remain a Democrat, they can change their registration anytime following that date at oregonvotes.org

When will we know what Presidential candidates will be on the May Primary ballot?

It is at the discretion of the Secretary of State to announce what presidential candidates will be on the May 2020 Democratic Primary ballot. We should expect to see a final list in mid-April.

Questions you may receive from voters


If I register as a Democrat, what races will be on my ballot?

  • The Democratic candidates for President
  • The Democratic candidates for the US Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jeff Merkley
  • The Democratic candidates for your Congressional District
  • The Democratic candidates for Oregon Secretary of State
  • The Democratic candidates for Oregon Treasurer
  • The Democratic candidates for Oregon Attorney General
  • The Democratic candidates for your Oregon State House District
  • The Democratic candidates for your Oregon State Senate District (if up for election in 2020)
  • All candidates for local, non-partisan, races in your districts (county and municipal positions)

If I am a non-affiliated voter, what races will be on my ballot?

All candidates for local non-partisan races in your districts (county and municipal positions)

What about this open IPO primary I heard about?

The Independent Party of Oregon is a minor political party. They will hold a nominating convention this summer. Persons registered with the IPO will not receive a Democratic Party Primary ballot.

I received two ballots. What should I do?

If you have recently updated your registration, use the ballot that reflects that updated registration (it should be the second ballot you received). Disregard the other ballot. Do not vote twice.

Why should I register as a Democrat?

Democrats are fighting for a better, fairer, and brighter future for every American: rolling up our sleeves, empowering grassroots voters, and organizing everywhere to take our country back. We believe climate change is real, that workers rights should be protected, and that women should control their own reproductive health care.

What does it mean to be a registered Democrat?

Registering as a Democrat allows you to vote in the May 2020 primary.

What have Democrats done for me lately?

In the most recent Legislative session, Oregon Democrats  passed major legislation like paid family and medical leave, campaign finance reform, paid postage on ballots, made the largest investment in schools in decades, and more. We’re dedicated to working toward a present and future society that treats every individual with dignity and respect, provides for the health and education of future generations, grows Oregon’s businesses and local economies, safeguards our civil liberties and democratic rights, and protects the natural environment in which we all live.

I’m having trouble accessing OregonVotes.org. What should I do?

Contact your county elections office at OregonVotes.org/counties

OregonVotes.org lists incorrect information. What should I do?

Update your voter registration information.

I’m not registered in Oregon. How do I do that?

Register to vote at www.dpo.org/Register. As long as you are a U.S. citizen, age 16 or older, and have a residence in Oregon, you are eligible to vote. (Out-of-state college students who meet the aforementioned criteria are eligible to vote in Oregon, you cannot vote in multiple states)

I’m not registered to vote. Why are you calling me?

Our records show that you were automatically registered through an interaction at the DMV. You will receive a ballot in the upcoming election. I’m calling to tell you about how to make sure you can participate in the Democratic primary, if you so choose.

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