Voting is more important than ever today

Counties all over Oregon are holding elections May 16. These local elections will impact schools, government agencies, public safety, and more. It’s more important than ever to stay involved locally and nationally. People with disabilities vote at lower rates than other people but are impacted by changes to public services. Here’s how you can make sure to have your voice heard:

Get your ballot

If you ever registered or voted in Oregon in the past, you can get a ballot to vote in this election. You should have received your ballot by Thursday, May 4.

What if I didn’t get my ballot?

You can check and update your voter registration, and find out if a ballot was sent to you, at oregonvotes.gov.
If you update your address by Thursday, May 11, the elections office will send a new ballot to you. After that, you can go to your county elections office to get a new ballot until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 16.

If you are not able to go to the elections office because of your disability, call and ask for an accommodation.

Get assistance

You have the right to vote even if you need assistance to read, mark, or turn in your ballot. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance to vote, now’s the time to request it! 

What if I need help to read or mark my ballot?

You can ask someone you know for help, except your employer or union.

The county elections office can send staff to help you read or fill out your ballot. You can have two elections staff help you. Or you can mark your ballot on a tablet without assistance. You have a right to vote privately and independently.

Watch our video to see two voters using the tablet to mark their ballots. Read our guide to voting to learn about assistance that’s available.

Call 866-ORE-VOTE (866-673-8683) and ask to be connected to your county elections office.

Call our voter hotline at 888-339-VOTE (888-339-8683) if you need more information.

Get it turned in

You must sign your ballot and turn it in by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

How do I turn in my ballot?

Mail: If you mail your ballot, postmarks do not count. Mail it by Thursday, May 11 to make sure it arrives on time.

Ballot box: You can find official ballot boxes at oregonvotes.gov. You can turn in your ballot at an official ballot box until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

I use an “x” or a stamp as a signature because of my disability. What do I need to do?

Remember that your signature on your ballot envelope must match the signature on your voter registration. If your signature has changed due to your disability or you are not able to sign, you should fill out a Signature Stamp Attestation form and update your registration.

If your signature does not match,you may receive a letter challenging your ballot. You must follow the instructions on the letter to make sure your vote counts.

 

Get your questions answered

Have general questions about your ballot, elections, or how to find your county elections office? Call the Secretary of State at 866-ORE-VOTE (866-673-8683).

Have questions or concerns about your rights? Call our voter hotline at 888-339-VOTE (888-339-8683).

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