How To Register To Vote
Although you may register at any time, in order to vote in any given election you must register no later than 21 days before the day of the election.
Once registered you are responsible for keeping your information current. The Post Office will not forward your ballot. Use a voter registration card to update your registration if you do any of the following:
- change your home address
- change your mailing address
- change your name
- change your signature
- change or select a political party*
*A change of party affiliation must be made no later than 21 days before a Primary Election.
Complete instructions may be found in the Voting in Oregon Guide
Forms are also available at the County Elections Office, located in the Courthouse at 500 NW 6th St, Grants Pass. –Phone: 541-474-5240
The county elections office will mail you a card to let you know that your registration was received. Inquire with the office if you have not received acknowledgement after 30 days.
In order to register:
- You must be an Oregon resident.
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must be 18 years old by election day.
- You must sign the form, affirming that everything about your name, address, age and citizenship is true.
New laws require that people must provide identifying information to register to vote. If you have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID, you must provide that number. If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.
If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID or a Social Security number, you must affirm this on the voter registration card, and if you are registering by mail, you must provide a copy of one of the following:
- valid photo identification
- 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)
Where will I go to vote?
Oregon has vote by mail. Ballots are mailed to every registered voter 14-18 days before the election. Your ballot must be returned by 8 p.m. election day. It can be mailed back, with enough time to be received, or dropped off by 8 p.m. at the County Clerk’s office or a ballot drop-off box on election day.
You will receive a voter booklet that explains all the issues or candidates you can choose. Your ballot will only have the issues and candidates that you can vote for in your districts and precincts. You have several days to read, think, mark your ballot and mail it in or drop it off.