Oregon voters can have confidence this November.

Our state has been voting by mail for 20 years. We have a long history of successful and safe elections via the mail.

In Oregon, voting is easy. Everyone who is registered will receive a ballot in the mail. You can vote by mail or drop it off in person at your local county elections office, or at an official drop site such as your local library. Find a full list of official drop sites here.

In Oregon, checking your voter registration and tracking your ballot is easy. The Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website tells you if you are registered and when your ballot is received at your local elections office.

Oregon’s postal service is committed to your vote. The Secretary of State is working closely with the postal service to ensure ballots are moving freely, swiftly, and securely through the system.

Just like every year, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your vote is counted in Oregon. The most important thing to do is make a plan:

Here are some frequently asked questions about voting in Oregon:

 

Q. Can I still register to vote for the November election?

The registration deadline for the November election is October 13th, 2020. 

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

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

Q. Where’s my ballot/voters’ pamphlet?

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

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

Q. Where do I find a Ballot Drop Box?

Use the Democratic Party of Oregon’s digital slate card tool to find the your closest official ballot dropbox, or go to oregonvotes.org/dropbox.

Q. How does Vote by Mail in Oregon work?

Getting your ballot –In Oregon, we have 20 years of experience with voting by mail. It’s easy and efficient. If you are registered to vote, you will get your ballot roughly three weeks before Election Day, giving you plenty of time to research issues or candidates and return ballots on time.

Returning your ballot – Your voting packet will include a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope to return your completed ballot. Simply mail it, or return it to any official drop box across the state. If a voter casts their ballot after the Friday before an election, the ballot should be left at an official drop box site or county elections office to ensure it is counted.

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

Q. How long do I have to mail in by ballot?

The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing in your ballot at least a week before Election Day. In 2020, this date is October 27th. In the Portland metropolitan area, you may be able to mail your ballot later.

Q. How can I make sure my ballot was received?

Any Oregon voter can go to OregonVotes.gov/MyVote to check the status of their ballot. Voters in Multnomah, Marion, and Yamhill Counties can sign up to receive alerts when their ballots are mailed and received for processing.

Q. How can I get a replacement ballot?

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

Q. Where can I get help on voting with disabilities?

Visit the Secretary of State’s accessibility information​ page or Disability Rights Oregon to learn where to get your accessible ballot and get tips for how to use it.

Q. Where can I find voting information in languages other than English?

The My Vote page on the Oregon Secretary of State website is viewable in the following languages: English, Español Spanish, 中文 Chinese, Tiếng Việt Vietnamese, Soomaali Somali, and русский Russian. County elections offices may have more local voting information translated in these languages and/or others. 

Q. How can I get an absentee ballot?

Every registered voter receives a ballot roughly three weeks before Election Day. There is no need to request a ballot. You can confirm that you’re registered at the correct address here

If you are a student attending an out-of-state college or you will be traveling for an extended period of time, you can request an “absentee” ballot. You just need to fill out this form and return it to your county elections office.​​​

Q. Can out of state college students vote in Oregon elections?

Out-of-state students have the constitutional right to vote in Oregon if they are here during the election, and it will not have an effect on their academic standing (as an out-of-state vs. in-state student).

Q. Can I drop off a ballot for a friend?

Yes, but it must be returned within 48 hours. In fact, we recommend taking ballots to an official ballot drop box as soon as possible and not leaving them in your car or home overnight. 

Returning a ballot for another person is a serious responsibility. Make sure that any ballots you return on behalf of another voter are returned via U.S. Mail, at an official ballot drop box, or a County Elections office within 48 hours. To ensure ballots are received on time, only use U.S. Mail if you can post the ballot on or before October 27th.  (ORS 254.470)

Q. How does COVID-19 change voting?

Voters visiting their county elections offices should follow all public health guidance, including mask-wearing and social distancing. Call ahead if you have questions or concerns. 

If you are using an official ballot drop box and concerned about COVID-19 transmission, the Oregon Health Authority has made this one-pager with useful information.

Q. I was displaced by the recent fires. How do I make sure I receive my ballot?

Oregonians have until the voter registration deadline, October 13th, to decide where they want their ballot sent if they are unable to receive mail/not returning home (while remaining registered in the districts of their damaged/lost homes). 

They can make the address change online in just a couple of minutes using MyVote (oregonvotes.org).

They can also ask for their ballot to be held “will call” style at their county elections office.

Q. What is the difference between my registration address and my mailing address?

Your registration address determines what races appear on your ballot. Even if you have lost your home or are not currently living in your home, you may use this address to register. Your mailing address is where your ballot will be sent. If you cannot collect mail at your residence, you can use a different mailing address.  

Q. If I fill out a change of address form, will the Post Office forward my ballot to the new address?

No. The USPS cannot forward ballots. That is why it is important to update your voter registration or contact your county clerk.

Q. What if my mailbox burned down?

Your ballot will be held for you at your local post office.

Q. What if I forget to change my mailing address after the voter registration deadline?

Contact your county clerk. They may be able to hold your ballot for you at their offices. You can also vote in person at any county elections office using a provisional ballot. 

Q. Can I vote in person?

Yes. Once ballots are sent, all County Elections Offices are required to accommodate voting in-person at their offices.