Oregon: How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts in the 2020 Election
What you need to know, including key deadlines, how to vote by mail, and more.
November 3 is Election Day in the United States, and it’s hard to overstate just how critical this election is. Climate change, race and class inequities, immigration rights, health care, the ongoing pandemic, and rent and evictions are all on the ballot. Tensions are high for many, to say the least.
Oregon is in a relatively comfortable position compared to many other states -- while discussions of mail-in voting during the pandemic is a hot button issue, Oregon has been comfortably proving its ease and security for decades now. Many voters in the state may have never even visited a physical voting booth. Nevertheless, with the “shake ups” at the United States Postal Service, as well as the unprecedented loss of homes due to the deadly wildfires throughout the state, there’s still some challenges with voting this year. That’s why this guide will help clear up any questions you might have.
When's the deadline to register to voter in Oregon?The last day to register to vote in Oregon is October 13. Voter registration forms must be postmarked by this date, and online registration must be completed by 11:59pm.
How to register to vote in OregonRegistering to vote and updating registrations online is easy at the Secretary of State’s website. Note that in Oregon you are not required to have a state ID or driver’s license to register to vote. However, if you lack one of those documents, you will be asked to download, print, and send in a voter registration document as part of the online registration.
Those who cannot register online or who prefer a paper registration can fill out a voter registration form that can be downloaded here, or pick one up from a county election office or DMV. Once they are filled out, voters can drop them off at the election offices.
Voters who have been displaced by wildfires can still receive their ballots (or replacement ballots if the first was lost), and will not have to register at a new address. Instead, they can register to receive it at a different address, but continue to vote on the contests of their home address. The process for that all is detailed here.