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Voter Registration For May Primary Election Ends Tonight

Today is the last day you can change your party affiliation or register to vote for the upcoming May Primary Election.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 4:41 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 12:22 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Voters will have until midnight tonight to register to vote or change their party affiliation for the upcoming May Primary Election. 

Only voters affiliated with a specific party can vote for partisan candidates during the May 15th Primary Election. The only exception is the Indenpendent Party. Nonaffiliated voters can vote for Independent party candidates but must request a special ballot through the Oregon Secretary of State.

You can register for the first time or update your party affiliation through the Oregon Secretary of State website. You can also view your current voter status here.

While many voters have taken the option to register through the DMV, Chris Walker, the Jackson County Clerk, warns that voters will not be affiliated with a specific party. 

"Everyone who comes on through the automatic registration through the DMV is a nonaffiliated voter, meaning they have no affilliation whatsoever with a political party," said Walker. "But in Oregon, we have closed party primary."

Nonaffiliated voters can still vote on non-partisan measures and positions. 

If you choose to register to vote for the first time or update your registration in person, you can submit your information to your local  elections office but you'll only have until 5 p.m. to do so. Voter registration can also be mailed as long as it is post marked with today's date. 

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