Your official 2004 Primary Election Voters’ Pamphlet provides you with information about candidates that will appear on your ballot. There are no statewide measures on the 2004 Primary Election ballot.
In the primary election, candidates are divided into three sections; Democratic candidates, Republican candidates and nonpartisan candidates. Major political party candidates appear before nonpartisan candidates and every two years the order in which major political party candidates appear is rotated. For 2004, Democratic candidates appear first.
All space is purchased; statements and photographs are submitted by the candidates or their designated agents. The information required by law—pertaining to occupation, occupational background, educational background and prior governmental experience—has been certified as true by each candidate.
Candidate statements are printed as submitted. The state does not correct punctuation, grammar, syntax errors or inaccurate information. The only changes made are attempts to correct spelling errors if the word as originally submitted is not in the dictionary.
Miscellaneous voting aids, including drop site locations, a complete list of state candidates, and instructions for marking your ballot, checking your ballot and getting a replacement ballot, are also a part of the voters’ pamphlet. In an effort not to duplicate the printing of information, some of these voting aids are not a part of the state voters’ pamphlet, but instead are
included in your county voters’ pamphlet, if your county has
produced a voters’ pamphlet.
The voters’ pamphlet has been compiled by the Secretary of State since 1903, when Oregon became one of the first states to provide for the printing and distribution of such a publication. One copy of the voters’ pamphlet is mailed to every household in the state. Additional copies are available at the State Capitol, local post offices, courthouses and all county elections offices.
While the candidates’ statements for candidates running for the same office appear in alphabetical order by their last name in this voters’ pamphlet, you will notice that they appear in a different order on your ballot.
Pursuant to ORS 254.155, the Secretary of State is required to complete a random order of the letters of the alphabet to determine the order in which the names of candidates appear on the ballot.
The alphabet for the 2004 Primary Election is:
R, E, Z, M, T, G, F, Y, N, C, Q, L, U, X, K, B, J, W, D, P, I, O, S, V, H, A
Una versión en español de algunas partes de la Guía del Elector está a su disposición en el portal del Internet cuya dirección aparece arriba. Conscientes de que este material en línea podría no llegar adecuadamente a todos los electores que necesitan este servicio, se invita a toda persona a imprimir la versión en línea y circularla a aquellos electores que no tengan acceso a una computadora.
Getting a Replacement Ballot
If your ballot is lost, destroyed, damaged or you make a mistake in marking your ballot, you may call your county elections office and request a replacement ballot. One will be mailed to you as long as you request it by May 13. After that, you may pick it up at the elections office. If you have already mailed your original ballot before you realize you made a mistake, you have cast your vote and will not be eligible for a replacement ballot.
Your voted ballot must be returned to your county elections office by election day, Tuesday, May 18, 2004.
Postmarks do not count!
County elections offices are open on election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For questions about voter registration, ballot delivery and return, marking the ballot, requesting a replacement ballot, absentee ballots, signature requirements, the voters' pamphlet, when and where to vote, and other questions about elections and voting, call the toll-free voter information line at 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683).
Voter information line representatives can provide services in both English and Spanish. TTY services for the hearing impaired are also available at 1-866-350-0596.
What is Vote-by-Mail?
Vote-by-mail is a method of conducting elections. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on election day, a ballot is automatically mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is then voted and returned to the county elections official to be counted.
As a voter, what do I have to do?
Your ballot packet will automatically be mailed to you between April 30 and May 4, 2004. Inside the packet you will find the ballot, a secrecy envelope and a return envelope. Once you vote the ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope and seal it in the pre-addressed return envelope. Be sure you sign the return envelope on the appropriate line. After that just return the ballot either by mail or at a designated drop site.
What if I am uncomfortable voting my ballot at home?
Privacy booths are available for you to cast your ballot. There are privacy booths at your county elections office and there may be others at drop site locations elsewhere in your county. For further information, call your county elections official.
What if my ballot doesn’t come?
If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot within a week after they are mailed, call your county elections office. They will check that your voter registration is current. If it is, they will mail you a replacement ballot.
What if I have moved and have not updated my registration?
If you were registered to vote by April 27 but now have a different address, call your county elections office for instructions on how to update your registration and receive a ballot.
Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
You have the choice of mailing your ballot or returning it to any county elections office or any designated drop site in the state. The times and locations of drop sites are available at your county elections office.
How much postage is required to mail the ballot back?
Your voted ballot can usually be returned using a single 37¢ stamp. In those instances where additional postage is necessary, it will be clearly indicated on the ballot materials.
When must the voted ballot be returned?
The voted ballot must be received in any county elections office or designated drop site by 8:00 p.m. on election night.
Postmarks do not count!
How do I know if my ballot is received?
You can call your county elections office and ask if they received your ballot. A record is kept showing each voter whose ballot has been returned.
Can anyone find out how I’ve voted once I mail my ballot?
No. All ballots are separated from the return envelope before the ballots are inspected. This process ensures confidentiality.
What if I forget to sign the return envelope?
Generally, your elections office will either return it to you for signing or they will contact you, if possible, to come to the elections office to sign it. If the return envelope does not get signed before 8:00 p.m. on May 18, the ballot will not be counted.
Can the public watch the election process?
All steps of the process are open to observation by the public. Contact your county elections official to make arrangements.
When will election results be known?
Ballot counting cannot begin until election day. Initial results are released at 8:00 p.m. election night and will continue to be updated through election night until all ballots have been counted.
Voters with Disabilities
If you are unable to vote your ballot without assistance because of a physical disability or because you are unable to read or write, contact your county elections official. They will provide two persons to assist you in voting. In order to assure the county receives your voted ballot by election day, contact your county elections office early to arrange for assistance. You may also select someone else of your own choice to assist you.
A cassette edition of the Voters’ Pamphlet is available for Oregonians who cannot read standard print due to a visual or physical disability. To order a cassette of the Voters’ Pamphlet, please contact Independent Living Resources at 503-232-7411.
At the May Primary Election, the two major political parties (Democratic and Republican) nominate candidates to appear on the General Election ballot.
In 2004, Oregon’s Democratic and Republican parties have chosen to nominate their candidates in a “closed primary”election. In a “closed primary” election only persons who are registered members of a major political party may vote the ballot of that political party.
Persons registered as not affiliated with a political party will receive a ballot with measure and nonpartisan candidate information.