Pacific Votes

The Center for Civic Engagement works with the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and student groups to encourage students' participation in electoral politics and policymaking. We encourage voter registration and participation in electoral processes. The CCE provides nonpartisan voter registration information and helps students to learn about the voting process, regardless of how they cast their vote. 

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 8, 2016

Oregon Primary Election Day:

May 17, 2016

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 Oregon's May 17, 2016 Primary, the final day to register to vote with a specific party is April 26, 2016. 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