A state Voters' Pamphlet is mailed to every household in Oregon about 3 weeks before each statewide election. It includes information about each measure and candidate in the upcoming election.
If you do not receive a Voters' Pamphlet, you can order or pick one up from:
Some counties may print a voters' pamphlet with local measures and candidates. These may be included with the state pamphlet or mailed separately.
An audio Voters' Guide is also available for each statewide election. Call 1 866 ORE VOTE for more information.
Ballots are mailed to every registered voter 18 to 20 days before the election.
- If you do not receive your ballot at least 2 weeks before the election, call the Elections Office for help.
- If you move or change your mailing address you need to update your voter registration information to get a ballot. The post office will not forward your ballot!
- An active or inactive status voter has until 8pm on the day of the election to make any updates.
When your ballot package comes in the mail, it will include
- Optional Secrecy Sleeve
- Signature Return ID Envelope
The Secrecy Sleeve is optional and not required. The election staff will ensure the secrecy of your ballot.
Your ballot Signature Return ID Envelope has an area for you to sign. You must sign your Signature Return ID Envelope in order for your ballot to be counted. An Elections Official will compare the signature on your Signature Return ID Envelope to the signature(s) on your voter registration record to verify your identity. Signing another person's name is illegal. You must sign your own ballot Signature Return ID Envelope.
You may also receive election supplements:
- Locations of ballot drop sites
- Website/Results information
- Special Election information
Call 1-866-ORE VOTE or the County Elections Office for more information.
To further understand how the system works, you may view this short video that demonstrates the various procedures and safeguards that ensure the integrity of the entire vote-by-mail process. The video “unwraps” the story of the mail-in ballot and takes viewers behind the scenes, highlighting the efforts of staff, who make certain that votes are tallied accurately and that strict handling procedures are followed at all times.