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Oregon

0 /65
Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

0 %

Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

0 %

2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

0 %

Votes cast from mailed out ballots

0 %

State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

10/10

Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

6/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

6/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

5/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

2/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

5/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

4/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

4/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

4/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

4/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

0/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

3/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

2/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

2/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

Opportunities

Ballot tracking software such as Ballot Scout or BallotTrax can be a very cost-effective tool to improve Oregon’s current ballot tracking system. An expanded notification system helps keep rejection rates low and increases voter confidence and participation.
Creating vote centers at which any voter could vote or deposit their mail ballot would further lessen the reliance on the postal service and increase voter convenience and confidence.

Recent Legislation

As of August 17, 2021

Oregon has been conducting its elections by mail for years, so the state already had the infrastructure needed in order to run elections safely and securely in the “new normal.” However, not willing to rest on its laurels, so far in 2021 the state has protected passed three major mail voting laws: HB 3291 allows ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted if received within a week after election day, SB27 extends preprocessing, and HB 2323 criminalizes communicating knowingly false statements to mislead voters about using the electoral system, including about vote by mail procedures and deadlines.

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