Get out the vote!
This is an important year for Sandy residents to participate in the election — besides the national and state decisions, local residents will vote on three city councilors, one county commissioner and a county measure to provide services for Clackamas County children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
But the first step to take is ensuring everyone is registered to vote in the Nov. 3 election. The deadline for participating is Tuesday, Oct. 13, so it's important to check your status as a voter. Visit the Oregon Secretary of State's website to look up your information using your name and birthday — https://bit.ly/3kHKiar. At that link you can also update your registration information such as a new party affiliation, name change or address.
If you are not registered to vote, you can remedy that online or by mail.
Online, you can register through the Oregon Secretary of State's My Vote, which can be found at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oim/login. The link will require you to create an account. You must be at least 16 years old, be a resident of Oregon, a citizen of the United States and possess an Oregon driver's license or state ID card to register, though you must be 18 to vote.
Print versions of the registration form can be downloaded at the Clackamas County website: sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL500.pdf.
You can also find voter registration cards at your county elections office, in the Dex Telephone Directory, at post offices, libraries or DMV offices. Find your elections office online at sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx.
The Oregon Secretary of State office is working to get ballots to those displaced by wildfires. Those in a temporary residence because of having to evacuate or losing their home can add a temporary mailing address at oregonvotes.gov/myvote.
Ballots will begin being mailed Oct. 14.
You can also download a paper form for providing a temporary address at sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL111.pdf. These forms must be filled out in black or blue pen, signed, and can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the county-of-residence elections office.
After Oct. 1, you can contact your county elections office to ask about additional options they may have for pickup.
Ballots are not forwardable, so if you have submitted a change of address, the USPS will not be forwarded as a security measure.
You also do not need to re-register to vote if you've been displaced. You just need to let election officials know where to mail your ballot using one of the aforementioned methods.
Regardless of where you've been displaced to, you will still receive a ballot reflecting issues and candidates for your permanent residence.
If mail cannot be delivered to your home or mailbox because your mailbox was damaged or destroyed, it will be held at your local post office and you can pick it up there. All mail, including ballots, can be picked up at the post office that serves your permanent residence address.
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