Next election is May 18, deadline to register is April 27

April 23, 2021 01:15 pm

The deadline to register to vote in the May 18, 2021 Special Election in Oregon is Tuesday, April 27 at 11:59 pm.

The ballot will include candidates for local school board races, community college board races, park, fire, and water district boards, and county-wide ballot initiatives. UO Government & Community Relations asks you to check your registration and make a plan to vote.

There are multiple ways to register as an Oregon voter or update your voter registration. Options include:

  • Online at no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, April 27. The online option is available to those with a valid Oregon driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card or learner’s permit.
  • Mail a voter registration card to the Elections Office with a postmark no later than Tuesday, April 27. Voter registration cards are available at the ASUO Office in the EMU and at local elections offices.
  • In-person registration at a county elections office - A list of offices can be found here; due to COVID protocols you may need to schedule an appointment.

Elections offices will start mailing ballots to registered voters on Wednesday, April 28. In Lane County, no voter’s pamphlet will be mailed for this election. The League of Women Voters’ VOTE411 website provides nonpartisan information on candidates and initiatives, and Lane County voters can see candidate and measure filings here.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 18. In Oregon, ballots can be mailed postage free, or returned to an official ballot drop box. A ballot that has been postmarked by election day but does not arrive at the elections office by May 18 will not be counted. Ballots placed in official ballot drop boxes up to 8 p.m. on Election Day will be counted, and your vote will still count if you are in line at the drop box at 8 p.m. Find your nearest drop box here.