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County Clerk reminds voters of deadlines

The next election in Deschutes County is the Oregon Presidential Primary Election. Despite the many challenges brought by COVID-19, this statewide election will be held on Tuesday, May 19.

Oregon’s Vote By Mail elections allow voters to stay at home and vote early. Each of Deschutes County’s more than 144,400 registered voters will be mailed a ballot on Wednesday, April 29.

Deschutes County Elections reminds voters that Tuesday, April 28, is the voter registration deadline for the primary election. Oregon voters with an Oregon DMV number can register to vote online at or fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card, which is available at the U.S. Post Office or online.

Tuesday, April 28, is also the party choice deadline. Voters who wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican closed primary elections need to be registered as a member of that party by the deadline. Voters can update their party affiliation online at Voters who are not affiliated with a major party will receive a non-partisan ballot that will only contain non-partisan state and local offices and measures.

Deschutes County Elections asks voters to check that their address, party affiliation, and name are up-to-date in their voter registration record. Voters can update their information online at or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card.

Voters who will be away from home on Election Day should request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their temporary address. Voters should visit or call the Deschutes County Elections Office at 541-388-6547 for assistance in requesting an absentee ballot as soon as possible.


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