Voter Registration

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires states to meet new standards of accessibility in election administration, making it easier for citizens to register and to vote. Now, citizens who are already registered to vote may update information on their registrations, such as residence address, through election day and still be able to cast a ballot.

Additionally, the Act is designed to increase the number of Americans registered to vote by requiring many public agencies to provide registration opportunities to their clients simultaneously with other services.

You may register to vote if:
1. You are a citizen of the United States;

2. You will be at least 18 years old by November 3, 1998; and

3. You are a resident of Oregon.

To register to vote:
Your completed voter registration card must be received or postmarked by October 13, 1998.

If you are currently registered to vote in Oregon, you must update your registration by filling out a new voter registration card if:
1. You change your residence address;

2. You change your mailing address;

3. Your name is changed by marriage or court order;

4. You want to change your political party affiliation; or

5. Your registration has been canceled.

Where to Obtain a Voter Registration Card:
Voter registration cards can be obtained from any county elections office, most banks and post offices, some state agencies and many telephone directories.

If you have moved to a new residence within the same county where you are currently registered, your new voter registration card must be received by October 26, 1998, in order for you to be eligible to vote a full ballot. If you do not complete a new registration card by this deadline and wish to vote on election day, you may go to your county elections office or to your polling place to receive a ballot containing federal and statewide offices and statewide measures only.

If you have moved to a new residence in a different county than where you are currently registered, your new voter registration card must be received by October 26, 1998. If you fail to meet this deadline, you must go to the elections office in your new county by election day to be eligible to vote.

If you are changing your political party affiliation, you must complete a new voter registration card and mail it to your county elections office. A card that contains a change in political party affiliation must be received or postmarked by October 26, 1998.

IMPORTANT! Even if there is no record of your voter registration at your polling site on election day, you can be issued a ballot containing federal and statewide offices and statewide measures only. The county elections office will then review your registration information and determine your voting eligibility.

Disabled Voters:
If you are unable, because of a disability, to sign your name on your voter registration card or other election document (such as an absentee ballot), you may use a signature stamp or other device to represent your signature. In order to use a signature stamp you must complete a form attesting to the fact that you are disabled and cannot sign your name by hand. This form must be filed before, or at the same time as, your voter registration card. The form may be obtained from any county elections office.

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