The Beaver State

Alis volat propriis (She flies with her own wings)


2,381,893 absentee ballots were cast in Oregon’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 2,374,321 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 81%. The state swung for President Joe Biden, who won its 7 electoral votes with 56.5% of the popular vote. Oregon has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1988.

Oregon has a bicameral legislature with 30 senators and 60 representatives. The legislature is in session annually for 160 calendar days, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2012. Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown (D), is not eligible for re-election.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseOregon uses a vote-by-mail system. Voter can apply for an absentee ballot if he/she will not be in the state or receiving mail during the election period.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineElection DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesIndefiniteNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Oregon averages a 32% rating, reflecting its left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.