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When's The Next Election?

UPCOMING DATES
May 16, 2017
Oregon : Municipal Primary Election
September 19, 2017
Oregon : Special Election Day
November 7, 2017
Oregon : Municipal General Election
November 6, 2018
Oregon : General election Day

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Oregon

Due to the high demand for beaver hats and coats and unregulated trapping during the early settlement years, beavers were nearly eliminated by the mid-19th century. Since then, proper management has allowed the semi-aquatic mammals to flourish once again. Known as the “Beaver State,” Oregon features a picture of a beaver on the back of its state flag.

Beginning in 1836, roughly 12,000 emigrants made the 2,000-mile trek from Independence, Missouri, to the Oregon Territory. Heavily traveled until 1884, the Oregon Trail was the most used of all routes in the westward expansion of the United States.

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Mount Hood, a dormant volcano that last erupted around 1865, is covered by 12 glaciers. At 11,239 feet, it is the tallest peak in Oregon.

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In November of 1986, the 80-mile-long Columbia River Gorge, which traverses the border between Oregon and Washington, was designated the country’s first National Scenic Area. Since the mixture of cool marine air on the western side of the Cascades and the drier air from the inland basin creates a natural wind tunnel, the gorge is considered to be one of the best places in the world for windsurfing.

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Oregon grows 99 percent of all hazelnuts produced in the United States. It is also the country’s leading producer of Christmas trees, with an output of more than 4.9 million trees in 2009.

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Oregon’s Crater Lake, formed in the remnant of an ancient volcano, is the deepest lake in the United States.

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State of Oregon Quick Facts
  • Current Population:4,028,977
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 7
  • Congressional Districts: 5
  • Date of Statehood: February 14, 1859
  • Size: 98,379 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Beaver State
  • Tree: Douglas Fir
  • Flower: Oregon Grape
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
Registered Voters

Total: 68,583

Total Voter Registration: 2,465,621

  • Democrat : 958,876
  • Independent : 109,181
  • Republican : 694,191
  • Nonaffiliated : 642,595
  • Progressive : 1,686
  • Libertarian : 16,766
  • Constitution : 3,495
  • Working Families : 10,893
  • Other : 18,835

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Oregon?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Oregon.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Oregon does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Oregon?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Oregon, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    In person at the county elections office.

    By Mail

    By mail using a voter registration form​

    Online

    You can register online

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer.Oregon state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Oregon State Government

    Oregon Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of the State of Oregon to the end that Justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.

    The Oregon Constitution was framed by a convention of 60 delegates chosen by the people. The convention met on the third Monday in August 1857 and adjourned on September 18 of the same year. On November 9, 1857, the Constitution was approved by the vote of the people of Oregon Territory. The Act of Congress admitting Oregon into the Union was approved February 14, 1859, and on that date the Constitution went into effect.

    The Constitution is here published as it is in effect following the approval of amendments and revisions on November 4, 2014. The text of the original signed copy of the Constitution filed in the office of the Secretary of State is retained unless it has been repealed or superseded by amendment or revision. Where the original text has been amended or revised or where a new provision has been added to the original Constitution, the source of the amendment, revision or addition is indicated in the source note immediately following the text of the amended, revised or new section. Notations also have been made setting out the history of repealed sections.

    The Executive Branch
    Front exterior of the en:Oregon State Capitol building in en:Salem, Oregon, United States. Picture taken from the north on the Capitol Mall looking south. Cherry trees in bloom on sides.

    Executive Power

    Oregon Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Front exterior of the en:Oregon State Capitol building in en:Salem, Oregon, United States. Picture taken from the north on the Capitol Mall looking south. Cherry trees in bloom on sides.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state, except for the initiative and referendum powers reserved to the people, is vested in a Legislative Assembly, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

    The Senate shall consist of sixteen.

    the House of Representatives of thirty four members, which number shall not be increased until the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty.

    Judicial Branch
    The Oregon Supreme Court Building

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in one supreme court and in such other courts as may from time to time be created by law.

    Oregon Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(60)
    (35)(25)
    State Senators(30)
    (17)(13)
    US Representatives(5)
    (4)(1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Oregon Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    He shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.

    Qualifications

    No person except a citizen of the United States, shall be eligible to the Office of Governor, nor shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of thirty years, and who shall not have been three years next preceding his election, a resident within this State.

    Election

    The governor shall be elected by the qualified Electors of the State at the times, and places of choosing members of the Legislative Assembly; and the returns of every Election for Governor, shall be sealed up, and transmitted to the Secretary of State; directed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall open, and publish them in the presence of both houses of the Legislative Assembly.

    Term of Office

    Who shall hold his office for the term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person shall be eligible to such office more than eight, in any period of twelve years.

    Salary

    $98,600

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of the state and heads the state's department of justice.

    Qualifications

    At least 18 years of age or older at the time of election a citizen of the United States a state resident (number of years unspecified) a qualified voter

    Election

    The attorney general is elected every four years, in presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    Elected every four years

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits specified under Oregon state law for the office of attorney general.

    Salary

    $82,200

    Qualification age

    At least 18 years of age or older at the time of election.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall keep a fair record of the official acts of the Legislative Assembly, and Executive Branch; and shall when required lay the same, and all matters relative thereto before either chamber of the Legislative Assembly. The Secretary of State shall be by virtue of holding the office, Auditor of Public Accounts, and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned to the secretary of state by law.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    There shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state, at the times and places of choosing Members of the Legislative Assembly, a Secretary, and Treasurer of State, who shall severally hold their offices for the term of four years; but no person shall be eligible to either of said offices more than eight in any period of twelve years.

    Term of Office

    Treasurer of State, who shall severally hold their offices for the term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person shall be eligible to either of said offices more than Eight in any period of twelve years.

    Salary

    $77,000

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer is the state's chief financial office and official banker. They are responsible for managing the state's money.

    Qualifications

    Election

    There shall be elected by the qualified electors of the State, at the times and places of choosing Members of the Legislative Assembly, a Secretary, and Treasurer of State, who shall severally hold their offices for the term of four years; but no person shall be eligible to either of said offices more than eight in any period of twelve years.

    Term of Office

    Treasurer of State, who shall severally hold their offices for the term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    but no person shall be eligible to either of said offices more than Eight in any period of Twelve years.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    Oregon State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a Senator or Representative who at the time of election is not a citizen of the United States; nor anyone who has not been for one year next preceding the election an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen. However, for purposes of the general election next following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, the person must have been an inhabitant of the district from January 1 of the year following the reapportionment to the date of the election. Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age.

    Election

    elected to two-year terms, and not subject to term limits.

    Term of Office

    Representatives for the term of two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No limit on consecutive terms.

    Salary

    $23,568/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age .

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The President of the Senate is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    o person shall be a Senator or Representative who at the time of election is not a citizen of the United States; nor anyone who has not been for one year next preceding the election an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen. However, for purposes of the general election next following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, the person must have been an inhabitant of the district from January 1 of the year following the reapportionment to the date of the election.Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age.

    Election

    The senators and representatives shall be chosen by the electors of the respective counties or districts or subdistricts within a county or district into which the state may from time to time be divided by law.

    Term of Office

    Senators shall be elected for the term of four years,

    Limit on Tenure

    Oregon's senators serve without term limits.

    Salary

    $23,568/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age .

    Oregon State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    No other court in the state may reverse or modify a decision of the Oregon Supreme Court

    Qualifications

    To be a qualified candidate to the court, he must be a United States citizen, a resident of Oregon at least three years before the election or appointment, and must be admitted to practice law in the Oregon Supreme Court.

    Election

    The judges of the supreme and other courts shall be elected by the legal voters of the state or of their respective districts for a term of six years, and shall receive such compensation as may be provided by law, which compensation shall not be diminished during the term for which they are elected.

    Term of Office

    The judges of the supreme and other courts shall be elected by the legal voters of the state or of their respective districts for a term of six years

    Limit on Tenure

    A judge of any court shall retire from judicial office at the end of the calendar year in which he attains the age of 75 years

    Chief salary

    $134,000

    Associates salary

    $131,000

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 75.

    The Court Of Appeals
    Authority

    The court hears all civil and criminal appeals from the circuit courts and also has jurisdiction to review some state administrative agency actions.

    Qualifications

    a United States citizen; a qualified elector of his or her county of residence; a member of the Oregon State Bar; and under the age of 75

    Election

    The 13 judges of the court are selected by voters in statewide nonpartisan elections to six-year terms

    Term of Office

    Serve six-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $128,000

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 75.

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