Curry County Clerk Reneé Kolen informs voters that the election processes for the May 19 state primary have been underway for weeks.
Ballots for military and overseas voters have already been mailed. The state voters’ pamphlet containing voting information, candidate statements and measure arguments, should arrive at every residential address in Oregon April 22-24. It also contains a voter registration form inside for anyone who is not yet registered. If you have an Oregon driver’s license you can go online to www. oregonvotes.gov to register to vote.
The May 19 election is a primary election. Primaries serve two main purposes. The first is for all voters to be able to cast ballots for candidates for nonpartisan offices like judges and county offices. The second is for voters registered with a major political party to select their nominees for partisan office like US President, Oregon Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General and legislators at both the state and national level.
Those registered as not affiliated with a political party, or registered with a minor party (Constitution, Independent, Libertarian, Pacific Green, Progressive, Working Families) will receive a ballot that includes only nonpartisan offices.
In the May primary, only Democrats registered will be able to vote to choose their nominees for partisan offices, and only registered Republicans will be able to vote to choose their nominees for partisan offices.
The last day to change your party affiliation is April 28.
“Residents new to the State of Oregon who are not currently registered need to register by April 28. Voters already registered who have moved or changed their mailing address have until May 19 election day to update their address. Oregon law does not allow the post office to forward ballots,” Kolen said.
Ballot packets will be mailed between April 29 and May 5. If you do not receive a ballot packet by Friday, May 5, or need help registering, call the Curry County elections office at 541-247-3297.
Due to Senate Bill 861 postage is no longer required to mail a Curry County ballot. Voters can drop their ballot off at a drop site located at the Curry County Courthouse as well as City Hall located in the City of Brookings. If you chose to mail your ballot it should be mailed by May 12 to ensure it reaches the election office in time.