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Oregon vote by mail guide

Oregon vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: Anytime
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 29, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 27, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Oregon vote by mail rules

  • All registered Oregon voters automatically receive vote-by-mail ballots.
  • You can still request a one-time absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address.

Oregon vote by mail ID requirements

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.

Oregon vote by mail directions

  • All Oregon elections are held by mail. This means that Oregon will automatically send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • If you need to update your mailing address permanently, register to vote again using your new mailing address.
  • If you need to update your mailing address temporarily -- because you will be out of town for the November 3, 2020 election -- request a one-time absentee ballot.

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
  2. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Oregon.

Statewide election office

Secretary of State
Elections Division
141 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310‐0722