Healthy Voting in Oregon

For the November 8, 2022 general election in Oregon

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • All registered voters are mailed a ballot.

  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting is an important way to promote health for yourself and your community. When you vote, you exercise your voice on decisions that have a big impact on your health and the health of your family and neighbors, like access to transportation, funding for health care, and clean water and air.

There are many options for healthy voting. Voting by mail is a good option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding on Election Day. Early voting in person is another option that lets you choose when you cast your ballot in advance of Election Day. But however you vote this year, you can do it in a way that protects and promotes your health.

If you have more questions about voting in your state, contact your local election office or Oregon's central election office.

Phone: (866) 673-VOTE
Email: elections.sos@oregon.gov


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Deadline to return your ballot

Postmarked by Election Day, November 8 and received by November 15 if mailed.

or

by Election Day, November 8 by 8:00 pm if delivered to a drop-box.

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All registered voters will be mailed a ballot.

If you didn't receive your ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At a secure ballot drop-off location.
  • At your elections office.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...


  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

  • Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count! 

Healthy tips for voting by mail in Oregon

  • If you are dropping off your ballot at a mailbox, drop box, or voting location, follow local public health guidelines. Get vaccinated and boosted, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

County clerks' offices are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. There are no traditional polling locations.

In-person voting on Election Day is available only at elections offices.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Oregon

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the polling place will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the general election in Oregon.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in Oregon

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 8, 2022 general election in Oregon:

  • All registered voters will be mailed a ballot.
  • Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.
  • You can track your ballot online.

Accessible tools for voting by mail

Oregon has an accessible vote-by-mail program, Alternate Format Ballot, that allows voters with disabilities to receive and mark a mail-in ballot electronically. You may have to request access to the program. To use accessible tools for voting by mail, typically you:

  • Download an electronic ballot
  • Mark the ballot on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology
  • Print the ballot and voter’s signature form
  • Sign the form, and seal the ballot in an envelope
  • Return it by mail or in-person

Be sure to check with your local elections office for information about how to use the accessible voting by mail program and information about additional options for dropping off your ballot.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 8, 2022 general election in Oregon:

  • In-person voting on Election Day is available only at elections offices.

Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election office for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

Other accessible voting options

Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

  • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
  • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
  • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
  • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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