Every Oregonian who is at least 16 years old, a U.S. Citizen, and an Oregon resident can register to vote. To participate in an election a voter must be registered at least 21 days before the election. Persons registered to vote in other states may not transfer their voter registration to Oregon.
There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon, Oregon Motor Voter—automatic voter registration, online voter registration and paper registration.
The Oregon Motor Voter registration law took effect on January 1, 2016, making Oregon the first state in the nation to implement automatic voter registration. Automatic registration is available to those who apply for an original, renewal or replacement driver’s license, permit or identification card at a Driver and Motor Vehicle Division (DMV) office.
This process takes approximately three weeks until it is effective. If an election will occur in the next two months, one of the other methods of registering to vote should be used to ensure the voter will be eligible to vote.