Voting in Oregon

Here are some frequently asked questions about voting in Oregon:

When do I need to return my ballot?

Ballots are due for the 2020 Oregon Democratic Primary at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.

Your ballot must be received by your county elections office or in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Ballots will be mailed to voters starting on April 29th, 2020.

Where’s my ballot?

Use the Secretary of State’s My Vote tool to learn when your ballot was mailed, and if your voted ballot has been received by the county elections office.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Where’s my Voters' Pamphlet?

Voter’s Pamphlets are mailed separately to all households in Oregon. If you do not receive one, they are available at your county elections office, and online from the Secretary of State website. The Secretary of State’s online version will NOT include information on local candidates, or on local issue campaigns.

Visit your county elections office website for information on local races.

Where do I find a Ballot Drop Box?

Use the Secretary of State’s Oregon Drop Box Locator to find the closest official ballot dropbox to you.

NOTE: The availability/accessibility of these locations may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Check with your county elections office to confirm drop box locations if you have any questions.

Do I need a stamp to send in my ballot?

No! Oregon Democrats passed Senate Bill 861 last year, and voters no longer need to put a stamp on their ballots before putting them in the mail. Now, every mailbox in Oregon is a ballot box!

But remember, your ballot must be received by your county elections office or in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

I received two ballots in the mail. What do I do?

If you updated your political party registration information close to the registration deadline, you may receive two ballots. Disregard the first ballot and use the one that accurately reflects your most recent party preference.

Why are there no Democratic Presidential Candidates on my ballot?

If your ballot does not include the Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidates, it means you are not registered as a Democrat.

For the 2020 Primary, only registered Democrats may vote to choose the Democratic Party’s nominee for President.

Candidates for President will appear on your general election ballot in the fall.

I'm concerned about my ability to cast my vote and my county elections office hasn't been able to help me.

Contact our Election Protection Hotline at 503-239-8683 (503-239-VOTE) or 877-239-VOTE, or email [email protected] and we’ll get you help.

How can I get a replacement ballot?

If your ballot arrives damaged, you make a mistake, spill something on it, lose your ballot, or for any other reason, contact your county elections office as soon as possible for a replacement ballot.

Where can I get help on voting with disabilities?

Visit the Secretary of State’s accessibility information page to learn where to get your accessible ballot and instructions for how to use it.

Where can I get voting information in languages other than English?

Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website, or contact your county’s elections office.

How do I contact my local elections official?

You can find a list of contact information for County Elections Offices here.

How does Vote by Mail work?

Registered voters receive a ballot two to three weeks before an election, giving them ample time to research issues or candidates. Enclosed with their ballot is a return envelope. Sign this envelope and use it to send your ballot back to your local county elections office (you don’t need to put a stamp on your ballot envelope anymore!), or you can simply drop off your ballot at any official drop box across the state. Ballots are due no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.

Oregon voters can drop off their ballot at any official ballot drop box — it does not need to be located in the county where you reside.

When is the next voter registration deadline?

The deadline to vote in the May Democratic Primary was April 28th, 2020.

The deadline to register to vote for the November 2020 General Election is October 13th, 2020.

If you’re not registered to vote, you can do so here.

If you’d like to check or update your voter registration, you can do so here.