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.

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