Your Voice, Your Vote: A Primary Primer

Here you'll find a timeline and important details about what you need to do—and when—to vote in this year's primary election.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 3:51 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 1:20 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — As primary elections loom in Southern Oregon, the Jackson County Clerk has released a handful of statements regarding important dates and details on the upcoming votes.

Below you'll find a timeline of important events for Oregon voters:

April 18-20 - Voters' Pamphlet Delivery
Pamphlets will be delivered to all local postal addresses. Receiving a voters' pamphlet does not mean you are registered to vote. According to the Jackson County Clerk, an online version of the voters' pamphlet will be available at the Secretary of State's page during the week of May 16.

April 24 - Voter Registration Deadline
In order to vote in the May 15 Primary, you must be registered in Oregon by April 24. Registration and updates can be completed online here, or automatically at the DMV when updating your Driver's License or I.D. Card.

April 24 - Political Party Affiliation Deadline
The May 15 Primary is a "closed party primary" for registered Democrats and Republicans. Only registered members of those parties will be able to vote for candidates of their party.
The Independent Party has opened their primary to non-affiliated voters who request an Independent ballot. Non-affiliated voters will otherwise only be able to vote on nonpartisan offices and measures. To request an Independent ballot, go online here and complete the form. It must be sent via email, mail, fax, or in person to the county elections office as soon as possible—no later than 5 p.m. on April 24.

April 28 - Vote by Mail Ballots Delivered
Ballots will be delivered to registered mailing addresses on April 28. If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, May 4, contact your local elections office.

April 30 - Drop Site Locations Open
The following are 24-hour drop locations in Jackson County:
- Central Point Library, 116 S 3rd St., Central Point, OR 97502
 - Eagle Point Library, 239 W Main St., Eagle Point, OR 97524
 - Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
 - Rogue River Library, 412 E Main St., Rogue River, OR 97537
 - Phoenix Library, 510 W 1st St., Phoenix, OR 97535
 - Jackson County Elections, 1101 W Main St., Medford, OR 97501 (starts April 27, drive-up)

May 15 - Ballots Due
Ballots must be received at the elections office or in an official ballot drop box by no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in order to be counted.

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