Departments :: Wasco County Clerk

Elections

The Elections Office sets up, administers and conducts all Federal, State, County, City, and Special District elections held in Wasco County.

Voters, political parties, other governmental agencies, candidates, political action committees, media, researchers and the general public rely on this office for information concerning elected officials, candidates, measures, issues, initiative, referendum and recall petitions, historic election records, the election process, and information on specific elections.

Wasco County Elections is also responsible for voter registration, election filings, petition drives, campaign information, determination of political boundaries, and the issuing of ballots.

>> Vote by Mail
In 1998 Oregon voters passed a ballot measure directing all elections be conducted by mail. Vote by mail is a method of distributing ballots for an election. Instead of using polling places where voters go to cast ballots on Election Day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter. The ballot is voted and returned to the county election office to be counted. Vote by mail increases voter participation, removes barriers that can keep people from getting to the polls, allows more time for people to study issues and candidates before marking the ballot, and saves taxpayer dollars.

>> Voter Registration

You can now register online if you have an Oregon Driver's License, Permit or I.D. number issued by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

Online Voter Registration

If you do not have a DMV number or are changing your name, please use the following link to the printable voter registration form. You will need to fill out, print and deliver the printed form to our office so that we can record your signature.

Print Voter Registration

Anyone who is a resident of Oregon, a United States citizen and at least 18 years of age by Election Day may register to vote.

You may register at any time; however, your voter registration card must be postmarked by the 21st day before the election at which you intend to vote.

You must update your registration when your residence or mailing address changes; your name or signature changes; or you wish to change your party affiliation (party affiliations cannot be designated or changed after the 21st day before a primary election).

The federal "Help America Vote Act 2002" requires individuals registering to vote in federal elections to provide identifying information with their voter registration card:

>> Ballot Dropsites

Maupin City Hall
Deschutes Avenue
Maupin, OR 97037
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Wasco County Elections
County Courthouse
511 Washington St Rm 201
The Dalles, OR 97058

Rm 201
Monday-Friday 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

24-hour dropsite on the 5th Street entrance of the Courthouse

(541) 506-2530

>> Absentee Ballots
Print Absentee Ballot Request Form (primarily for students, "snowbirds" or those temporarily away from the County)
Print Military/Long Term Absentee Application Form (used for all military personnel, dependents or those employed outside the U.S.)

If you will be absent from the county when ballots are mailed, you may apply for an absentee ballot. Regular ballots will be mailed any time between the 14th and the 18th day before an election. Out of state absentee ballots will be mailed 30 days before the election. Military and long term absentee ballots will be mailed 45 days before the election.

>> Secretary of State's Elections Calendar