Oregon | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day


  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 28

  • Statewide and Presidential Primary Election: May 19

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Oregon’s voter registration form asks for your Oregon driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. If you do not have either of those, you can provide a copy of an ID that shows your name and address, including:

  • A valid photo ID

  • A paycheck stub

  • A utility bill

  • A bank statement

  • A government document

  • proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (VAEH)

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not need any ID to vote in Oregon. However, only those registered may vote. Be sure to complete your registration prior to the registration deadline.


If you are registered to vote but your county has received evidence that information on your registration may have changed, your registration can be declared inactive. If your registration is inactive, you will not receive a ballot unless you provide your county with updated information to switch your registration status back to active through:

  • Completing and returning a voter registration card to your county clerk

  • Completing and submitting an online voter registration form at OregonVotes.gov

Where Do I Vote?

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state – there are no traditional polling stations, though there are locations where voters can complete and cast Ballots on Election Day. You may mail your completed ballot to your county clerk, return it to your clerk’s office in person, or use a dropbox location.

Dropbox locations for your ballot can be found at http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • All Oregon Elections are conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed to registered Oregon voters 14-20 days before an election. If you temporarily live outside of the state (for example, while attending college) you may have a ballot sent to your out-of-state address by filling out the Absentee Ballot Request Form and returning it to your county clerk’s office. Voters may update their address through the Oregon Secretary of State’s MyVote webpage. If you are in the military or living overseas, please see the “Military and Overseas Voters” webpage for more information.

  • All completed ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office, a designated voting location, or an official ballot dropbox by the time the polls close on Election Day.


Election Day

All elections are conducted by mail. However, county clerks provide voting booths at designated locations on Election Day if voters wish to complete and cast a ballot in person until 8 p.m.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Oregon affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Although an individual must be an Oregon resident for voting purposes to vote in the state, registering to vote in Oregon does not necessarily change your driver's license and vehicle registration. For more information, you may with to contact the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Oregon legal professional.


Last updated September 2020