Tuesday is the deadline for Oregon voter registration
Tuesday, Oct. 18, is the deadline to register to vote in Oregon's general election Nov. 8.
First-time voters in Oregon may mail a registration card — it must be postmarked no later than Tuesday — or may register online by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
If you have been registered previously in Oregon, but have moved or changed your name, you still have time to update your registration with your county elections office, even after the deadline.
Check oregonvotes.org for information.
"I don't want to see you miss this important deadline," Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, Oregon's chief elections officer, said in a statement Monday.
She said Oregon has registered 92% of all eligible voters, one of the highest shares among the states.
Oregon had same-day voter registration from 1975 to 1985, when lawmakers shifted the deadline to the day before an election. Voters approved a 1986 constitutional amendment to set the cutoff at 20 days before an election.
Oregon voters have cast ballots by mail in statewide elections starting in 2000. Ballots for the Nov. 8 election start going to voters Wednesday through Friday (Oct. 19-21), depending on the county. They must be postmarked by election day Nov. 8 — the 2021 Legislature changed that deadline, effective this year — and received by county elections officials no later than Nov. 15.
Voter pamphlets have been mailed. Online voter guides are available on the secretary of state's website, and on some county elections websites.
As of the start of October, Oregon enrolled 2,976,195 voters on registration rolls. The largest group (34.7%) were affiliated with no political party, Democrats at 34.1% and Republicans at 24.6%. Minor parties account for the rest.
Oregon's voter participation rate in the 2020 presidential election was 75.5% of eligible voters, tied with New Hampshire for sixth best in the nation. Washington state was slightly ahead with 75.7%, and Wisconsin with 75.8%. Minnesota topped the list with 80%. The national average was 66.7%.
Oregon started online voter registration in 2010, and began automatic registration based on driver records in 2015.
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