The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds local residents that Tuesday, April 29 is the deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the May 20 primary election.
April 29 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to hand in or post-mark a registration form if you are registering to vote for the first time or wish to change your party affiliation. To be eligible to vote, you must be an Oregon resident, a U.S. citizen, and be at least 18 years old by Election Day.
You must update your registration if you move or change your mailing address, change your name, or wish to change your party affiliation. Those who are updating the name or address of their registration have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to do so.
Voter registration forms are available at the Clatsop County Elections Office, 820 Exchange St., Astoria, second floor, as well as local U.S. Post Offices, public libraries or Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles offices. People may also register online with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office at www.sos.oregon.gov. Voter registration forms can also be downloaded from the "Clerk/Elections" page at www.co.clatsop.or.us. For more information go to the Clerk/Elections page on the Clatsop County website or call (503) 325-8511.
Ballots for the election will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, April 30. Ballots are not forwarded by the post office; therefore, voters are urged to update their registration if they have moved.
The May election ballot includes Democratic and Republican primary races for U.S. Senate, Congress, Oregon Governor, Oregon Legislature seats and several statewide offices, as well as non-partisan contests for Clatsop County District Attorney and three Clatsop County Board of Commissioners seats. Three local measures are also on the ballot, along with local precinct committeeperson ballots. Voter pamphlets will be mailed out later this week.