Are You Registered to Vote? If Not, Join Us on National Voter Registration Day

Register badgeAn election is coming up on Nov. 5, 2019 and the deadline to register in Oregon is Oct. 15. Are you ready? 

The McCall Center for Civic Engagement hopes every eligible voter will participate and stands ready to help. 

As a college student, you have the choice to vote in Oregon or as an absentee resident of another state. Oregon votes by mail. You may register here in Washington County, or, if your permanent residence is in another Oregon county, at that address — it's your choice. You can also choose to have your out-of-state ballot mailed to you here in Forest Grove but have your vote count at your permanent address, which may have different options for local candidates or measures.

Vote in Oregon

To register, visit www.oregonvotes.org and select “Register to Vote.” You must be a U.S. citizen, resident of Oregon, and at least 16 years old (but you will have to wait for 18 to cast a vote). To complete the online form, you will need an Oregon DMV number (from a driver's license/permit/ID card) or you can provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

To vote in the Nov. 5 election in Oregon, you must register by Oct. 15. If you are already registered, you should still confirm that you have the correct address on file by visiting oregonvotes.org and selecting “My Vote.”

Vote Out of State

If you plan to return home after college or prefer to maintain that state as your primary residence, you do not need to register in Oregon and can instead file an absentee ballot in your home state. Visit www.usa.gov/absentee-voting for the absentee voting process in your home state. Remember that your home state may have an earlier registration deadline.

Get Help

The McCall Center for Civic Engagement will help students register to vote on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 24. Join us at the UC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can volunteer to help by registering online. You can also find more information online at Pacific Votes.

For more on the coming election or any future elections, visit the CCE at Scott Hall, Room 110 or send us an email

Sep. 18, 2019