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April 24 is last day for voters to change their party registration for May 15 primary.

With the May 15 primary election is fast approaching, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson wants to make the public aware of important deadlines.

April 24 is the last day for voters to change their party registration. Be sure your voter registration is up-to-date and remind your friends to do the same.

State law only provides a primary election for major political parties. If you desire to vote in the primary of one of Oregon's three major parties (Democratic, Independent, or Republican), or if you want to participate in choosing the nominee of a minor political party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Progressive, Working Families), you can do so if you are registered with your desired party by April 24, at 11:59 p.m.

If you have recently moved, changed your name, or haven't received a ballot in a while, Richardson advises that you ensure that your registration is updated. You can check or update your registration status by visiting the Election Division's online portal.

"For the first time, we will provide information about each of Oregon's political parties in the Primary Voters Pamphlet that will arrive in every residential mailbox in the state between April 18-20," said Richardson.

"This year, the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) has opened its Primary Election to nonaffiliated voters," he said. "Those voters may vote in the IPO Primary Election without changing their registration by requesting an IPO ballot from their local county clerk ..."

Visit the Elections Division website at http://sos.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx to download the form and instructions from the Elections Division website.

The Democratic Party of Oregon and the Oregon Republican Party primaries will be open only to voters registered with those parties. As usual, nonaffiliated voters and members of minor political parties will be mailed a ballot that includes all nonpartisan races for which they are eligible to vote.

The state's minor political parties hold their own nominating processes for partisan offices, usually after the May primary.

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