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Hello Oregon, If you want to vote, first you have to make sure that you’re registered.

You can check if you’re already registered using the link in the description. 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 need to use the link below to print out a form and mail it in.

Either way, you need to register by October 16th to vote in the November general election. 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 16th, a ballot will get mailed to your home address two to three weeks before the election. There’s nothing special you have to do to request it; it just shows up.

If you know you’re going to be out of town for those few weeks before the election, you can fill out the absentee form in the description to get your ballot forwarded to another address. There’s no specific deadline to request your ballot be forwarded, but try to do it at least a month before election day so your request can be processed before ballots get mailed. You can fill out the 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 6th.

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 going to vote it doesn’t hurt open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, where you need your ballot mailed, whether you’re going to mail back your ballot or drop it in a drop box, even when you’re gonna stop by the post office and pick up those stamps you need.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 6th. There will be links in the description for everything you need to make sure you’re registered, vote absentee, or find your Dropbox location. Thank you for voting.