Elections, Government, Oregon

New law will allow ballots postmarked by day of election to be counted

A new Oregon law that went into effect January 1 allows mail-in ballots to be counted on Election Day as long as they are in the mail and postmarked by 8:00 p.m. 

House Bill 3291 changed Oregon mail-in voting laws, which the legislature has debated since the state became the first to allow mail-in ballots for all voters more than 20 years ago, to allow ballots to become official simply by being postmarked by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

As long as the postmarked ballot is received by the county clerk no later than seven days after date of election, it will be counted.

The new law also allows county clerks to begin counting mail-in ballots upon receipt rather than requiring them to . . .

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