Register to vote dates
What information is required?
You are required to furnish your full name, signature, and residence address. You will also be asked to provide your date of birth and political party affiliation. You will also need to provide your Oregon Driver’s License or Oregon ID number. If you do not have an Oregon Driver’s License or Oregon ID, you will be asked to provide the last 4 digits of your social security number.
What is a primary election?
Major political parties (Democratic and Republican) nominate their candidates at a primary election, which is held on the third Tuesday in May of each even-numbered year. Only a voter who is registered as a member of either political party may vote for that party’s candidates at the primary election unless the party opens its primary to voters registered as Not a member of a party. If this is the case, voters who are Not a member of a party must request major party ballots from their county elections office.
Most nonpartisan offices are also on the primary election ballot. Any registered voter may vote for those candidates, regardless of the voter’s political party affiliation.
What must I do if I move?
You must complete a new voter registration form.
When may I register?
You may register at any time. However, your voter registration card must be postmarked no later than the 21st day before the election at which you intend to vote.
Who may register to vote?
Anyone who is:
- A resident of Oregon;
- A United States citizen; and
- 18 years of age or older.
You may register to vote before your 18th birthday or before you are sworn in as a US citizen. You may register to vote any time after your 17th birthday. However, your voter registration card must be sent on-line, received in person, or postmarked no later than the 21st day before the election at which you intend to vote. (you must be 18 and/or sworn in as a US citizen to be eligible to vote at that election). Please call your county elections office for details if you believe you qualify for this registration process.