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The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds local residents that Tuesday, April 24 is the deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the May 15 primary election.
April 24 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. Voter registration forms can also be downloaded. You can check online to see if you have already registered to vote, what party you are registered belonging to and where your ballot will be sent. 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 Friday, April 27. 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 President, Congress, the Oregon Legislature and several statewide offices, as well as non-partisan contests for Clatsop County Sheriff and two Clatsop County Board of Commissioners seats. Three local measures are also on the ballot, along with local precinct committeeperson ballots.
· If you are registered as a Democrat, you will receive a ballot containing Democratic candidates, the non-partisan offices and measures, and the Democratic precinct committeeperson ballot.
· If you are registered as a Republican, you will receive a ballot containing Republican candidates, the non-partisan offices and measures, and the Republican precinct committeeperson ballot.
· If you are registered as non-affiliated, and responded to the Republican Party’s invitation to receive a partial Republican ballot by April 24, 2012, you will receive a ballot containing only the non-partisan offices and measures and an additional ballot for Republican candidates for offices of Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Treasurer.
· If you are registered other than a major party, you will receive a ballot containing only the non-partisan offices and measures.