The McCall Center for Civic Engagement encourages students' participation in electoral politics and policymaking. We encourage voter registration and participation in electoral processes. The MCCE provides nonpartisan voter registration information and helps students to learn about the voting process, regardless of how they cast their vote. Wondering what to mark on your ballot? Check out our interview with director of political outreach, Jim Moore: So I'm registered to vote. Now what?
As a college student, you may choose whether to vote in Oregon or as an absentee resident of your home state, whichever you now consider home.
General Election Day:
November 6, 2018
Oregon Primary Election Day:
May 15, 2018
Register to Vote
It's easy! Now many states allow you to register to vote online.
You may be unsure where you should register to vote. In your home state? Or perhaps here in Oregon?
Voting in Oregon
Oregon votes by mail. You may register here in Washington County, or, if your permanent residence is in another Oregon county, at that address, whichever you choose. You can also choose to have your ballot mailed to you on campus but have your vote count at your permanent address (which may also have different options for local candidates or measures).
Effective January 1, 2016 under the Oregon Motor Voter Act, all Oregonians with an Oregon Driver's License from the DMV will automatically be registered to vote as "unaffiliated." You should receive an Oregon Motor Voter (OMV) card from the Oregon Elections Division in the mail that will give you the option of registering with a specific political party (Democratic, Independent, Republican, etc.) as well as the option to opt-out of voter registration entirely. Once you receive the OMV Card, you have 21 days to return it with your preferences selected. All changes after those 21 days must be made in writing or in person to your local county clerk's office.
Remember that Oregon's Primary Election is closed - meaning that, in order to vote in the Republican Primary, you must be registered as a Republican (or a Democrat for the Democratic Primary, etc.).
In order to vote in the November election, the final day to register to vote with a specific party is October 13, 2018. You can update your voter registration information or register to vote in Oregon online.
For more information about voting in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State website.
Voting in Other States
If you have not established residency in Oregon, visit your Secretary of State website for voter registration and absentee ballot applications, dates and requirements
Register today and join us in this fundamental act of citizenship! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Center for Civic Engagement at 503-352-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools for Political and Electoral Understanding
If you would like to learn more about different ballot issues, your own political ideology, or how to align your vote with your values, check out our handout for Resources for Political and Electoral Understanding.