CORRECTION-In the Sept. 13 issue of The Pacific Index, a story about the 2018 Midterm Elections with the headline “Center encourages students to vote” reported incorrect information.
The article reported “The deadline for registering to vote in Oregon is Oct. 18. ” However, the deadline to register to vote in Oregon is actually Oct. 16, 2018. -CORRECTION
The 2018 Midterm Election is just weeks away and real issues are on the ballot, including reproductive rights and Oregon’s sanctuary state status. Here are some quick facts to make sure you are ready to vote.
The deadline for registering to vote in Oregon is Oct. 16. If you think you are already registered, be sure you double check and confirm that you still have the correct address on file. Oregon conducts all elections by mail and the only way to receive your ballot is through the postal service. Other states have voter registration dates around the same time as Oregon, or even earlier.
To register, visit www.oregonvotes.org and select “Register to Vote”. You must be a U.S. citizen, resident of Oregon and at least 16-years-old to register. Keep in mind, you will have to wait until you are 18 to cast a vote.
To complete the online form, you will need an Oregon DMV number from a driver’s license or ID card. You can alternatively provide the last four digits of your social security number.
To change your mailing address, visit www.oregonvotes.org and select “My Vote”. You will need an Oregon DMV number, or you can provide the last four digits of your social security number.
If you live on Pacific University’s Forest Grove campus, remember to include your four-digit University Center mailbox number in your address, to ensure your ballot arrives correctly.
If you are from another state, you can choose to vote in Oregon’s elections or your home state’s elections.
Students attending college in Oregon can register to vote here if they consider it their primary residence.
If you plan to return home after college and prefer to maintain your home state as your primary residence, you do not need to register in Oregon and should instead file an absentee ballot in your home state. Visit www.usa.gov/absentee-voting for the absentee voting process in your home state.
Look for representatives from the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) around campus starting on Sept. 25, or stop by the CCE any time with your voting questions, located in Scott Hall 110.
The CCE is here to provide opportunities for you to get involved with your local community and make a real difference in your life and the lives of people around you. Interested in learning more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/pacificucce.
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