Oregon Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated November 20, 2015
Military and Overseas voters should visit the Overseas Vote Foundation. Long Distance Voter's information should only be used by voters with US mailing addresses.

Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration: Received 21 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Application: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 8:00 p.m. on election day

How to apply for an absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use the Oregon Online Voter Registration Tool.  You will need a valid Oregon DMV Driver's License or ID card (A suspended Driver's License is still valid, a revoked Driver's License is NOT valid).

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news! Anyone may vote by absentee ballot in the state of Oregon.

Oregon uses an exclusively vote by mail system.  If you plan on voting by absentee ballot, we suggest you request your ballot as soon as possible.  Download and complete the Oregon absentee ballot request form.  Mail or hand deliver your completed form to your County Election Official

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

If you are a long-term absentee voter, or if you are out of the country, Oregon will mail your absentee ballot to you 45 days before the election.  If you are simply out-of-state, Oregon will mail your ballot to you 29 days before the election.  You'll probably want to fill out your ballot as soon as you get it.  Mail your completed ballot back to your County Election Official.  Your absentee ballot must be received by 8pm on election day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot?

You do not need to provide a copy of your ID if you've already voted in Oregon at least once.  If you are a first-time Oregon voter and did not include your Oregon driver's license number or Oregon state ID card number on your voter registration form, then you must include a COPY of one of the following documents with your absentee ballot request form: A valid photo identification OR a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that shows your name and Oregon address.

Can I vote by absentee ballot on a permanent basis?

For the most part, yes.  If your mailing address is in Oregon, simply register to vote using the Oregon Voter Registration Card and indicate that your mailing address is different than your residence address.  If your mailing address is outside of Oregon, you can use the Oregon Absentee Ballot Request Form to request all absentee ballots in a given calendar year.

Can I vote in person at all?

Nope.  Oregon's voting is done 100% by mail.

Additional Information 

State Election Website http://www.oregonvotes.org/
Email: elections.sos@state.or.us
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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