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May 17 Primary will be first statewide election with Oregon’s new postmark law

Gary Halvorson
Oregon State Archives
The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Secretary of State. Most division offices are in the Public Service Building.

As the May primary nears, the Oregon Elections Division is putting the word out about a new law passed by the legislature in 2021. The new postmark law allows ballots mailed on or before Election Day to be counted.

Deborah Scroggin is Director of Elections with the Secretary of State’s office. She said the law is meant to increase voter access and make it easier to cast your ballot by mail.

“Mailing in a valid ballot by Election Day with that post-mark means your vote counts,” she said. “So, valid ballots include those that are cast on Election Day and prior to Election Day by mail with that postmark.”

Scroggin says elections offices will accept ballots postmarked on or before Election Day for up to a week after the election.

The May 17th primary is the first statewide election with Oregon’s new postmark law. People can still hand deliver their ballots to official drop sites up to and on Election Day.

The deadline to register to vote or update your registration for Oregon’s primary election is April 26th.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.