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Now more than ever, students and young people need elected officials to listen to them. One way you can help is registering to vote and voting, because the more of us are voting, the more politicians care. You can register to vote online through the tool above.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are convicted felons allowed to vote?
In Oregon, YES! Oregon state law allows anyone who is not currently in the custody of the state Department of Corrections to vote. If you are situated in any other part of the criminal justice system (for example, if you are serving a misdemeanor sentence in a county jail, on parole or probation, or are a pre-trial detainee) then you have not lost your voting privileges and may participate in all upcoming local elections. If you are a felon serving a sentence(s) totaling less than 12 months, then you also are not in the custody of the Department of Corrections and retain your voting privileges. Only those felons currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections may not vote.
- Who can register to vote?
You may register to vote in Oregon if:
- You are a resident of Oregon.
- You are a citizen of the United States of America.
- You are at least 16 years of age.
Note: If you are 16 years of age, you will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after your 18th birthday.
- Where do I get or drop off voter registration cards?
There are county elections offices near every school. A list of offices is included in this packet.
- When is the deadline to register to vote?
Your registration card must be turned in at least 21 days before the election, so this year the voter registration deadline is October 13th, 2020.
- When do I need to re-register or update my registration?
You should re-register every time your signature, name, or address changes or if you want to change your party affiliation.
- When do ballots get mailed out?
Ballots will be mailed out no later than October 20,2020.
- Can I still vote if I’m out of town during the election?
Absolutely. Absentee ballots are available 45 days before the election. You need to contact the county elections office and include your name and address in your request. I would do that as soon as possible.
- What if I have a disability and need help filling out my ballot?
County elections offices have disability policies, and will give assistance. Contact your local election office for more information. We would be happy to assist you with this; the number of the county election office is on the back of all voter registration cards or can be found online.
- Do I need to register for a party?
You have to fill in a bubble in this section, but it is not necessary to have a party affiliation! Just check the “Not a Member of a Party” box if you do not wish to register for a political party. However, Oregon does have closed primaries. This means you must be registered as a Democrat, Republican, or other party in order to vote for that party’s candidates in the primary elections this spring. This applies for presidential primaries as well as downballot primaries, such as for state representative, state senator, mayor, or city council.
- When is the election?
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. It is advised that you mail in your ballot as soon as possible before this deadline due to concerns about Post Office capacity, or that you identify a ballot drop box near you, which can be done here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/drop-box-locator.aspx
- Why does the card ask for my Driver’s License or Social Security Number?
This is a requirement of the Federal Help America Vote Act. There are other ways to register at the county election office.
- How do I fill out voter registration cards online?
Voter registration cards through the secretary need to be filled out in completion. All of this can be done online if you provide Oregon ID/Driver’s license number. If you provide the last 4 of your SSN (for example, if you are out of state or don’t have Oregon ID handy), you will need to print the remaining form, sign it, and mail it in to local county elections. This all needs to be done again by April 28th.
- I have the Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship. Can I register to vote in Oregon?
Yes, you can! You may vote in Oregon as long as you are a resident of the state. We recently clarified this through state law, which now says “The act of registering to vote by a student who is attending a post-secondary institution of education has no effect in determining that student’s eligibility to participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange.
Beyond that, there previously was actually little reason to assume registering to vote would cause someone to lose their WUE scholarship, but more was a measure of caution. WUE students should register to vote in Oregon as they are impacted just as steeply as folks from Oregon by issues raised at the ballot this year. The only time this is not recommended is for Alaska residents because they could lose their state dividend.