For the first time this year, Oregon voters -- like Washington voters -- will be able to track their ballots online to make sure their votes are counted. In addition, new online tools allow voters to register, keep track of important deadlines and research important candidate and ballot measure information.
Remember Tuesday, Oct. 12 is the last day to register to vote in Oregon. To register online to vote, you must have a valid Oregon driver's license, permit or ID card.
In order to find out if you're registered to vote, you can search the online database. You can also track your ballot to make sure it gets counted. Go to www.oregonvotes.org and click on "My Vote" to enter your first and last name, date of birth and the zip code in which you are registered or were last registered to vote in Oregon.
The page will display your registration status and provide a link to drop sites for your ballot. Once your ballot has been received by elections officials, your status will be updated.
For a listing of all candidates across the state click here.
For a list of all ballot titles approved for the November 2010 ballot, click here. By clicking on the ballot title to each of these referendums, you can review who the chief petitioners are, and a link to the complete text of the ballot title.
Nov. 2 – Election Day. Ballots should not be mailed. Ballots in Oregon are only counted if they are received by election day. It is important to use a drop box location if you don't think your ballot will reach elections officials in time.
Washington's election website is filled with useful information for the novice voter. Does you vote count if you didn't put your ballot in the privacy envelope? How does the Top 2 primary work? Are felons allowed to vote? (Yes; partisan primaries are no more; and only if they've had their voting rights restored).
The general election in Washington state is held Nov. 2. While the deadline to register to vote in Washington for the mail-in election has passed, it is still possible to register for in-person voting by Oct. 25. You have until the day before the election to register as a write-in candidate.
Oct. 15 – Ballots mailed.
Oct. 25 – Deadline for in-person registration for Nov. 2 General Election. Register online here.
Nov. 1 – Final day to file as write-in candidate.
Nov. 2 – Election day. Be sure to drop your ballot off at an official ballot drop-off site or mail it before the post office closes. Ballots that are post-marked by election day are counted. To be sure your ballot is counted on election day, you can drop yours off at one of the following sites before 8 p.m. Ballots dropped off after 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 will NOT be counted:
• Crossroads Shopping Center - South entrance
15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue 98008
• Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way 98003
• Issaquah City Hall
130 East Sunset Way, Issaquah 98027
• Regional Justice Center
401 4th Avenue N, Kent 98032
Near parking garage entrance
• Lake Forest Park City Hall
17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155
• Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond 98052
• Earlington Business Center
919 SW Grady Way, Renton 98057
• King County Elections
9010 East Marginal Way S, Tukwila 98108
East side of building
• Seattle locations:
o King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue, Seattle 98104
o University District
Corner of NE 50th Street & University Way NE, Seattle
University District Farmer's Market lot
o Ballard Branch Library
Corner of NW 57th Street & 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle