Elections





Lane County Elections is a division of the County Clerk’s office and is charged with voter registration and administration of Federal, State, and Local elections within Lane County. The Elections team is committed to conducting Fair, Accessible, Secure, Transparent, Equitable, and Reliable (F.A.S.T.E.R.) Elections.

Oregon has the most convenient voting system in the country. Since adopting vote-by-mail, Oregon consistently ranks as a national leader in voter turnout and security.

Active registered voters receive an official ballot to complete and return. The ballot can be mailed or dropped off at any official drop box in the state.

Ballots must be received or mailed with a valid post mark by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Learn about voting in Oregon

1. How do I vote in Lane County?

Step 1. Are you registered? Check your registration here.

Step 2. No, I’m not registered. Be sure to register by the deadline. The deadline is 21 days before Election Day. You can register to vote either onlinein-person, or by mail.

Step 3. Yes, I’m registered. Verify that your address and party affiliation are up to date. The deadline to update either is Election Day by 8 p.m. Update your registration here.

Step 4. Review the voters’ pamphlet and make a plan to vote.

Step 5. Mark your ballot. Ballots are mailed to all local voters 19 days before Election Day.

Step 6. Sign your envelope. Sign it the same way you normally sign your name.

Step 7. Return your Ballot. Ballots may be dropped off at any official drop box in the state, or mailed (no postage necessary) with a valid postmark by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

2. When are elections held in Lane County?

There are four regularly scheduled elections each year, but just because an election is scheduled doesn’t mean one is held.

  • In odd numbered years there will be a May Special District Election, but there may not be a March, August, or November Election.

  • In even numbered years there will be a May Primary Election and a November General Election, but there may not be a March or August Election.

A recall election can be held at any time, the date of the election is determined by the petition and signature collection process.

The Secretary of State's office creates a full year election calendar that lists all relevant dates for the four election dates this year, as well as a one-page calendar with measure and candidate filing deadlines.

3. Are there any accessible voting options?

Any Oregonian can get assistance to:
  • Register to vote
  • Vote their ballot
  • Return their ballot
We are here to help!

For Assistance in Voting, Difficulty Signing, or Alternative Format and Large Print Ballots click here. 

SOS Accessible Voting Page

4. Where can I view election results?

Historical Election Results are available at the following links:

Election by Year
Measures by District
Measures by Election

The following results and documents are available:

  • Ballot measure titles and outcomes - 1970 to current
  • Scanned ballot measure filings - March 2010 to current
  • Scanned county and district candidate filings - May 2010 to current

5. How do I register to vote or update my registration?

Registering in Oregon is simple, but you must be registered by the deadline to cast a ballot.

A new voter must register to vote no later than the 21st day before an election.

Visit the Oregon Secretary of State's page to register to vote or update your registration.

Deadlines for New Voters to Register

Online. Your registration must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. on the 21st day before an election.

By mail. The envelope containing your paper registration form must be postmarked by the 21st day before the election.

In-person. You must appear in our office before 5 p.m. on the 21st day before an election.

Deadline for Registered Voters to Update

If you are registered to vote, you may update your registration through 8 p.m. Election Day and still cast a ballot. Find out more about updating your registration here.

Motor Voter Registration (DMV)

Many, but not all transactions at DMV register you to vote. If your DMV transaction registered you to vote, note that there is up to a 21 day waiting period before you are officially registered. If you believe you registered at DMV, it is important to verify your registration status on My Vote to ensure you met the registration deadline.

If you have an Oregon Driver’s License or ID and you do not find your current voter registration in My Vote, it does not hurt to submit a new registration by registering online. This will ensure you are registered in time and may cast a ballot!

Not sure if you were previously registered through Motor Voter? Voters with an Oregon Driver’s License or ID may register online or update their registration using My Vote.

If you don’t have a current Oregon Driver’s License or ID, you may print the paper form here and deliver it to our office in-person, by mail, fax, or email. Don’t have a printer? No problem, voter registration cards are available at the post office and most libraries. We’re also happy to mail you one if needed.

How do I cancel my registration?

If you move out of state or wish to cancel your registration for any other reason, please complete the Voter Cancellation Form.

Can I make my registration confidential?

You may be eligible to keep your residential address confidential. Find out more about our confidential options.

6. I live overseas or am an active member of the military, how do I get a ballot?

If you are serving in the Armed Forces, the Merchant Marine, or live outside of the United States, your ballot will be mailed to you 45 days prior to the election.

If you are not registered, you may simultaneously register to vote and request a ballot be mailed to you by completing a Federal Post Card Application.

Military and overseas voters may also access their ballots through My Vote, and may choose to return their voted ballot by email.  When returning  your ballot by email you must sign and enclose a secret ballot waiver form with your voted ballot.

For more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program or the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.


Contact us with any questions.

7. I will be out of town during an election, how do I get a ballot?

Any voter who will be away from home, but in the United States, may submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form to receive a ballot at an address other than your residence.


When can I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may apply for an absentee ballot at any time.  Be sure to apply in enough time for your ballot to be delivered to your absentee address by mail and for you to vote and return your ballot, postmarked by Election Day.


If you are in the military or overseas, click military or overseas voter for instructions and forms.


Ballot mailing dates
Military/overseas voters - 45 days prior to Election Day
Out-of-State voters - 29 days prior to Election Day
Local voters - 19 days prior to Election Day

8. What's on the ballot? Who's in office now?

The candidates running for office, and measures on the ballot, become available about 60 days before the election.  Election staff transfer information received throughout the candidate and measure filing period into the election management system to create ballots.  Once proofed, a report that lists all candidates and measures up for election, not specific to individual voters, will be posted here.
 
Find Your Commissioner & Other Elected Official

9. My ballot signature was challenged, how do I fix it?

Oregon election law requires the signature on your return envelope to be compared to the signatures in your voter registration record to verify your identity. Your ballot signature was challenged either because you forgot to sign the return envelope or the signature you provided did not match what we have on record.

To resolve or “cure” the challenge you must provide sufficient evidence that it was you who returned your ballot and/or signed the envelope.

If you received a notice stating that you failed to sign your return envelope, you will complete the Missing Signature Affidavit form. (Links to forms are only available during active elections.)

If you received a notice stating that there was a discrepancy with your signed envelope, you will complete the Signature Discrepancy Affidavit form. (Links to forms are only available during active elections.)

Please consider providing a copy of one of the following forms of acceptable ID with your signed signature affidavit form to ensure your signature issue is cured:

A valid Oregon DL or ID, a valid photo ID that shows your name, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Cure affidavits and ID may be submitted via email, fax (541) 682-6531, or returned by mail or in person to 275 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401 no later than 21 days after the election. Remember: postmarks do not count. Your cure must be received by the deadline.

Please see Signature 101 for more information about common signature mistakes.

10. What positions are up for election? Who's filed?

Local District Candidate Filings are available here.

Open positions for the May 21, 2024 primary are available here.

11. What measures are going to be on the ballot? How does it work?

Prior to measures being placed on the ballot, entities must either request a ballot title be drafted or submit their ballot title for publication.

If you would like assistance drafting a ballot title, prior to publication, please review the Request for Ballot Title - Preparation Instructions, then complete the appropriate form via the Local Measure Filings Web Portal.

If the ballot title has already been drafted, and it is ready for publication, please complete the Notice of Ballot Title - Publication Instructions, then complete the Notice of Ballot Title Legal Ad Publication TEMPLATE.

If you wish to withdraw your local measure, please complete the Local Measure Withdrawal form.  The withdrawal deadline for the May 21, 2024 Primary is Thursday, March 21, 2024.

The following measures have been filed with our office for the May 21, 2024 Primary Election: 

City of Eugene STAR Voting - 20-349 Amends Charter, changes method for electing mayor and city councilors


Row River Rural Fire Protection District - 20-350 Row River Rural Fire Protection District Formation with permanent tax.

City of Springfield - 20-351 Authorizes general obligation bonds to fix streets.

Dunes City - 20-352 Measure proposing an amendment to the Dunes City Charter

Mohawk Valley RFPD - 20-353 Five-year operating levy for fire and emergency medical services

Fern Ridge School District 28J - 20-354 Bonds to Build, Renovate and Improve Schools

Junction City School District 69 - 20-355 Bonds to improve safety, learning; update schools and athletic facilities

McKenzie Fire & Rescue - 20-356 Replace Current 5-year Operation Levy

Eugene School District 4J - 20-357 Renewal of current five-year local option tax for general operations

City of Eugene - 20-358 Bonds Funding Lane County Multiuse Stadium at Fairgrounds

The following Notices of Ballot Title have been filed with our office for the May 21, 2024, Primary Election:


12. How does a candidate or measure get into a voters' pamphlet?

Lane County Elections publishes a county voters’ pamphlet for Special District Elections held in May of odd-numbered years. The pamphlet is mailed to the household of all active registered voters. Lane County Elections does not create voters’ pamphlets for any other elections.

The Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s office publishes a voters’ pamphlet for each Primary and General Election, as well as for statewide special elections. A copy is mailed to every household in the state.

Find out more about the Secretary of State’s voters’ pamphlet here.

13. Can I see current and historic voter registration counts?

Every month, a PDF report is provided showing the number of registered voters by precinct and the number of registered voters by district. 

There are also two annual reports that display district split combinations within precincts and precinct split combinations within districts.

Click here for the registered voter count reports.

For interactive registration information, choose from the links below:

2024 - Voter Registration by District

2024 - Voter Registration by Precinct

14. Where can I learn more about petitions?

Petitions Filed with the County Clerk's Office:


2022 Watersheds Bill of Rights

On May 16, 2023, the Clerk's office approved petitions for circulation. See the approved petition 
here, and the full text of the measures here. The deadline for signatures to be filed is May 16, 2025.


2023 Watersheds Bill of Rights
On October 16, 2023, the Clerk's office approved petitions for circulation. See the approved petition here, and the full text of the measures here. The deadline for signatures to be filed is October 16, 2025.


Local Petitions, filed with a City Recorder:
 
None at this time

 

State Petitions, filed with the Secretary of State’s Office:

None at this time

16. Who is my Precinct Committeeperson (PCP)?

Democratic Precinct Committeeperson List

Republican Precinct Committeeperson List

What is a Precinct Committeeperson (PCP)?

A precinct committeeperson is an elected representative of each major political party within a precinct. One PCP is elected for every 250 voters within a precinct. (ORS 248.015)

When are Precinct Committeepersons elected?
PCPs are elected every two years, in the even-year May Primary Election. You must receive at least three votes to win. (ORS 248.015(5))

What is a Precinct Committeeperson’s term of office?
The term of office is two years, from the 24th day after the date of the primary election until the 24th day after the date of the next following primary election. (ORS 248.015(6))

What are the qualifications to run for Precinct Committeeperson?
You must be a member of the major political party you are running for PCP in for at least 180 days before the filing deadline (ORS 249.046), and you must reside in the precinct for at least 251 days before the primary election. (ORS 248.015(1))

Do I have to run in the precinct where I am registered?
No. You can run in either the precinct where you are registered, an adjacent precinct, or a precinct within the same county and state representative district where you are registered. (ORS 248.015(2))

Can I be appointed to serve as a Precinct Committeeperson?
Yes. Vacant PCP positions may be filled by appointment of the chairperson of the party’s central committee. The chairperson must provide written notice of the appointment to Lane County Elections. Elections staff then verify that the appointee is qualified to serve and notify both the party and the appointed person. (ORS 248.026)

Adjacent Precinct List

17. How do district formations and annexations work?

Special District Formations

The formation process for most types of special districts is covered in Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) Chapter 198 – “Special Districts Generally.” Some types of districts have additional requirements for formation that are found in the district’s principal Act. Always check the principal Act for the specific type of special district being formed to determine if additional formation requirements are required.

The formation process may take as long as 12 to 24 months, depending on the type of district and whether the district will assess property taxes.

There are three methods that may be used to initiate the formation process:
  1. Filing petitions signed by eligible electors (election requested by landowners or as otherwise required by law; 
  2. Filing petitions signed by property owners (consent by all landowners in the proposed district boundaries); or
  3. By order of the Lane County Board of Commissioners for a district entirely within the county boundaries.
Persons wanting to form a special district (“petitioners”) must initiate the formation of a district by submitting a petition for formation with a description of the proposed district boundaries to Lane County. While the County has provided a sample form petition that may be used by petitioners to initiate the formation of a district, petitioners must complete the petition to initiate the formation of a district on their own and must otherwise comply with the requirements found in Oregon law.

Sample Prospective Petition and Signature Sheet

District Formation Flow Chart

Although the district formation process begins with filing a prospective petition with the County Clerk’s office, there are multiple departments within the County who play a significant role in the process. To better serve you, we created a district formation working group, and you may email the team here.

District Annexations

District Annexation information is available here.

18. FAQ

Oregon's Elections Division and Lane County Elections are your official sources for trusted information about elections.  Remember to always use official sources to ensure you're getting information you can trust. 

Elections Frequently Asked Questions










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