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Everything you need to know to register and vote in Oregon

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Check your registration status: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS

Register to vote: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do?lang=eng&source=SOS

Campus Vote Project: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/stateguides/Oregon

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[music] Hey, Oregon!

If you wanna vote, first you have to make sure you're registered. You can check if you're already registered using the link in the description.

But if you still need to register, or if you've moved since the last time you voted and need to update your registration, there's a few ways you can do it. If you have a valid Oregon driver's license, there's a link in the description where you can go register online right now. But maybe you don't have one, like if you don't drive or you're a student from another state.

You'll start with the same online form, but at the end of it you'll need to print out the form, sign it, and mail it in. Either way, you need to register by October 13th to vote in the November general election. Then once you're registered, you get to vote.

Oregon makes it really easy for you. Everyone in the entire state votes by mail. As long as you're registered by October 13th, a ballot will get mailed to your home address two to three before the election.

There's nothing special you have to do to request it; it just shows up. If you know you're gonna be out of town for those few weeks before the election, you can fill out the absentee form in the description and get your ballot forwarded to another address. There's no specific deadline to request your ballot to be forwarded, but try to do it at least a month before election day so your request can be processed before the ballots get mailed.

You can fill out your ballot at your own pace at home, take time to research the candidates or other ballot measures if you want to, and then mail your ballot back with enough time for it to arrive at your county elections office by 8pm on November 3rd. If you don't want to mail it, or it's election day and you still haven't sent your ballot in, you should turn in your ballot at an official drop box. There's a link to a drop box locator in the description below.

And that's it. That's all you have to do to vote. Still, if you're gonna vote- it doesn't hurt to open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you're gonna register, where your ballot needs to be mailed, whether you're gonna mail it or drop it in a drop box, even when you're gonna stop by the post office and get those stamps you need. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. There will be links for everything you need to make sure you're registered, change your mailing address for your ballot, or find your drop box location.

Thanks for voting. How to Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.