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A City Clerk Opposed an Early-Voting Site at UW–Green Bay Because ‘Students Lean More Toward the Democrats’
10/25/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 09:30

Green Bay’s refusal to put a polling place at the campus is indicative of the Wisconsin GOP’s broader attack on student voting. Under Wisconsin’s strict voter-ID law, student IDs from most public and private universities and colleges are not accepted because they don’t feature signatures or a two-year expiration date, compared to a ten-year expiration for driver’s licenses. Only three of twenty-six schools in the University of Wisconsin system offer compliant IDs, according to Common Cause Wisconsin.

That means many schools, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, must issue separate IDs for students to use only for voting, an expensive and time-consuming process for students and administrators. To get the new IDs, students also have to bring proof of enrollment from their schools, an extra burden of proof that applies only to younger voters. They must additionally provide proof of residency when they register, which can be difficult for students who live in group apartments and do not have a utility bill or lease in their name. 

Why Struck-Down Voter ID Laws Trouble Would-Be Voters
10/25/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 01:00

Despite a string of court victories against restrictive voting laws passed by Republican legislatures, even when voting rights groups win in court, they are at risk of losing on the ground. ...

Last month in Texas, a federal court that invalidated that state’s voter ID law in July ordered recalcitrant state officials to change their public education campaign on new ID rules. The reason: Critics complained that the campaign muddied the central point of the court’s ruling, that voters without a state-approved ID could simply sign an affidavit to cast a ballot. In Kansas, the chief elections official, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, agreed last month to add nearly 20,000 properly registered voters to the state’s rolls only after being threatened with contempt of court. ...

[B]arely two weeks earlier, [Wisconsin officials] had maintained in a report to the court that the ID process was running smoothly and that clerks in motor vehicle offices had been trained to deal with applicants.

That claim was belied when Molly McGrath, the national coordinator for the voting rights group VoteRiders, dispatched her mother to request help in getting an ID at 10 motor vehicle offices across the state. Few could navigate the application process. 

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016

For more information, visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Election Day:

Designated ballot drop off locations must be open for at least 8 hours, stay open until at least 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and have a prominent sign stating that the location as a ballot drop site.

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, which allows voters to vote absentee once they have received their ballots. Ballots must be turned in by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s Oregon Drop Box Locator web page.  Contact your County Clerk for in-person voting.


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Registration Deadlines:

You must register 21 days prior to the General Election. The deadline for this year’s General Election is October 18, 2016.

How to Check Your Registration: Use the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to register in Oregon, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
  • Not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.

In order to vote in Oregon you must have resided in Oregon during the six months immediately before the election.

How to Register:

Oregon residents may register in person, by mail, or online.


In order to register to vote online, you must have either an Oregon Driver’s License or a State Identification Card. Applicants can apply to register on the Oregon Secretary of State’s “My Vote” website.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • downloading a mail-in form from the Secretary of State’s website
  • picking up a form at a post office, library, or county elections office; or
  • requesting your county elections office or the Oregon Elections Division mail you a card.

In Person

You may register to vote in person at the county elections office. Oregon residents over the age of 17 may be automatically registered to vote when they visit the DMV to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit.

Identification Required for Registration:

When registering you must provide a valid form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card. A suspended license is valid, but a revoked license is not.
  • If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License or Identification Card, the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have a current, valid Oregon DMV Driver’s License/ID or a Social Security number and are registering by mail: a current and valid photo identification that shows your name, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

If You Want to Vote Early

Oregon allows voters to vote once they have received their ballots in the mail.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, which allows voters to vote absentee once they have received their ballots. Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

No identification is required to either return a ballot to a designated ballot drop off location or to fill out a ballot in person at voting booths established by the County Elections Official.

VoteRiders has created Oregon voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving within the Same County

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot. A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Moving Between Counties

If the voter has not received a ballot, the voter will need to go to the County Elections Office to update his or her registration and obtain a ballot. A voter’s registration can be updated any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Oregon-specific FPCA page.

UOCAVA voters may also request a registration card through the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website or by calling 1-866-673-VOTE (8683).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee ballots by U.S. Mail or access them online on the Oregon Secretary of State’s My Vote website. To request electronic transmission of the blank ballot, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on the FPCA (see Oregon-specific FPCA page). Ballots can be returned via U.S. Mail, email, or fax.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses). You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Oregon no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Oregon-specific FWAB page.

Convicted felons may vote unless they are currently incarcerated.


Top Issues to Field

For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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