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Countdown to the May 17 Primary Election

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Find your nearest Official Ballot Drop Site

Election Day is TODAY!

Return your ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Site today before 8 PM. 

Voters in Oregon can return their voted ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Site in the State of Oregon. You can look up your nearest drop site by entering your residence address into this handy lookup tool from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office  www.oregonvotes.gov/dropbox

If you are choosing to mail your ballot back today on Election Day, confirm that your ballot is postmarked today.  You can ask your post office worker to hand stamp your ballot envelope with a postmark at your local post office or double-check that your mail carrier has picked up your ballot from your mailbox.   

If you need help with your ballot it is not too late. County Clerk offices are required to be open each Election Day from 7AM – 8PM to assist voters. The elections office in Clackamas County is located at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City.

Have a voice! Vote your ballot and return it today!

Election Night results begin to be reported by county clerks shortly after 8 PM. You can access those results online https://results.oregonvotes.gov

May 17, 2022: Press Release – Today is Election Day – Ballots Need to be Dropped Off or Postmarked Before 8 PM

Know Where to Return Your Ballot: Your ballot must be mailed and postmarked or returned to an Official Ballot Drop Site before 8PM on Election Day, May 17. Catherine McMullen stands next to an Official Ballot Drop Site. Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

May 13, 2022 Press Release: Know Where to Return Your Ballot

Your ballot must be mailed and postmarked or returned to an Official Ballot Drop Site by May 17 before 8pm. As an Oregon voter you can return your ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Site in the state. To find your nearest drop site, visit the Secretary of State’s lookup tool and enter your residence address at:  www.oregonvotes.gov/dropbox.

Return your ballot by mail! No stamp needed! Postmarks DO count!

May 17 is Election Day. You can return your voted ballot by mail or to any Official Drop Site in Oregon. Ballots returned by mail must be mailed with a postmark on or before Election Day.  No stamp is needed!

Have a voice! Vote your ballot and return it today!

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance. 

May 5, 2022 Election FAQ: Questions Candidates and Voters may have about Clackamas County’s Ballot Barcode Printing Errors The main takeaway is that YES, your vote will be counted and NO, this will not affect the outcome of the May Primary Election.

May 5, 2022 Oregonian: Printing errors affecting many Clackamas County ballots will require copying votes by hand, raising county costs and delaying election results. READ ARTICLE 

May 4, 2022 Press Release: Current Clackamas County Clerk Announces Ballot Barcode Misprint

All voters should have received their ballot by May 5!

Check your mailbox, if you haven’t received your ballot by mail delivery TODAY: May 5, now is the time to contact your elections office. Sometimes mail gets lost or misdirected.  Your elections office can inactivate your first ballot and send you a second active ballot.

Sometimes voters move and forget to update their address on their voter registration record. Anytime you move you need to update your voter registration. You can update your residence or mailing address up until 8 PM on Election Day. As long as you were already actively registered in Oregon you have the right to vote!

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance.  

Countdown to May 17 Primary Election: May 5 – You Should Have Your Ballot, May 17 – VOTE – Election Day, June 13, Final Election Results Certified. Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

Voters experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity have the right to vote!

You can register to vote even if you do not have a permanent address or are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. You still have the right to vote! 

When registering to vote your residence address can be any physical location within the county that describes where you spend time (park, library, church). If it is not a traditional residence address you can indicate the location with cross streets. This will help the elections official determine your precinct and ensure that you get the right ballot. 

Your mailing address is the address where you want your ballot mailed (PO Box, address where you can pick up mail, elections office if needed).  You can always pick up a replacement ballot at your elections office if your mailing address is no longer accessible to you.

The Voter Registration Deadline is 21 days before Election Day but if you are already registered to vote in Oregon, you can update your residence or mailing address any time up until 8PM on Election Day. 

You have the right to VOTE if you are unhoused or don’t have a permanent address. Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk.

April 27, 2022: Celebrate Voting! Starting TODAY ballots have begun to be mailed to voters!

Look for your ballot to arrive in your mailbox starting TODAY through May 5.  Once you receive your ballot check that your name, address, and party affiliation are accurate. If you have questions contact your elections office immediately.

It is too late to change your party choice.  If you don’t get the ballot you expected (Democratic, Republican, or Other Party/Nonaffiliated) contact your elections office.  Sometimes when voters change their party close to the Party Choice Deadline there is more than one ballot sent out (the old affiliation, then the new affiliation). The first ballot is made inactive and cannot be voted. The second ballot is your active ballot and will be counted.

Check your mailbox! Celebrate voting!

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance. 

Press Release: April 21, 2022 – Voter Registration Deadline to Vote or Change Party in Oregon Primaries is April 26, 2022

Countdown to the May 17 Primary Election

  • April 26 – Voter Registration Deadline and Party Choice Deadline
  • April 27 – Ballots are in the mail.
  • May 5 – You should have your ballot.
  • May 17 – Election Day
  • June 13 – Final Election Results Certified

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance.

Confirm that you are registered to vote!

Confirm TODAY that you are registered to vote at oregonvotes.gov/myvote

Confirm TODAY that your name, mailing address, residence address, and political party are correct. 

Update any changes online or visit your Clackamas County elections office at 1710 Red Soils Ct. in Oregon City. The elections office hours are limited (this is something I’ll be changing when I take office) so check online before you go at clackamas.us/elections.

Got questions? Contact Catherine McMullen for assistance. 

April 26 – Voter Registration Deadline

  • Make sure you are ready to vote in the May 17 Primary Election.  
  • In Oregon to register to vote you must be
    • a citizen of the United States
    • a resident of Oregon, and
    • at least 16 years old. You’ll get your first ballot after your 18th birthday. 

Register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register

Register to VOTE before the April 26 Deadline

There are three ways to register to vote in Oregon!

  • TAKE ACTION and register online at oregonvotes.gov/register with your Oregon ID or Driver’s License Number.
  • TAKE ACTION and register to vote using a paper form.  You can find these at your public library, post office, or elections office. Catherine’s team can also deliver one to your door!
  • Oregonians can also be registered to vote automatically after a visit to the DMV. IMPORTANT NOTE automatic voter registration takes more time (an extra 21 days) and you will not be registered to vote in time for the May Primary Election if you do nothing after your DMV visit.

April 26 – Party Choice Deadline

In Oregon the major parties (Democratic and Republican parties) have Closed Party Primary Elections.  That means that in order to participate in a major party’s primary election you have to choose to be a member of that party.

Choosing a major party is as easy as updating your voter registration; online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote or by filling out a new paper form. 

In order to vote in either the Democratic or Republican Party Primary Election you must be a member of that party by April 26 – the Party Choice Deadline

Partisan offices include US Senators, US Representatives, the Governor, State Senators, and State Representatives. Register with a major party to vote for Partisan offices in the May 17 Primary Election.  

Non-partisan offices you will find on your May Primary Ballot no matter your party affiliation include Commissioner of BOLI, Judges, County Commissioner positions and other local offices. The County Clerk and County Treasurer are also non-partisan offices but will not be on your ballot until the November General Election because two or fewer candidates filed for those offices.   

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