Voter Information FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to re-register for each election?

No. 
You only need to update your registration when:

  • your residence or mailing address changes;

  • your name changes; or

  • you wish to change your party affiliation.

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Do I have to register by party?

No. If you do not want to be affiliated with a political party, you may check the box which states "Not a member of a party". You may not designate or change a party affiliation after the 21st day before the primary election.

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How may I register?
  • Online: (click here to register); or
  • By mail-in registration; or
  • In person at your county elections office or at a designated state agency, including the Department of Motor Vehicles and some public assistance agencies.
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May I transfer my registration from another state?

No.  If you wish to vote in Oregon, you must register in Oregon.

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What if a registered voter has moved and hasn't notified their election office by the 21st day before the election?

In most cases, you will still be eligible to vote if you update your registration. Contact your county elections office to check your eligibility.

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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.

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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.

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What must I do if I move?

You must complete a new voter registration form.

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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.

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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.

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