Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker and her office have outlined steps to ensure those displaced by the wildfires are still able to vote during the upcoming election.
“We want to give confidence to our voters, even through the tragedy and loss they can access their ballot and let their voice be heard,” says Jackson County Clerk, Chris Walker.
In Oregon, voters can receive a ballot no matter where they stay, including temporary shelters or a friend/relative’s address. Voters need to know that they will continue to use their current residential address even if destroyed due to fire.
How can I receive my ballot if wildfires have displaced me?
Ballots in Jackson County will begin being mailed on October 16, 2020. If you know the address of where you will be able to receive mail at that time, you can add a temporary mailing address at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote.
If the voter has a location where they are staying, the voter can update their mailing address by visiting www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote so their ballot will be mailed to that location. A voter can also come to our office at Jackson County Elections 1101 W. Main St., Suite 201, Medford, to update their mailing address in person.
You can obtain a paper voter registration form at these local offices: USPS, DMV, Libraries, City Halls, County Clerk’s offices or online at https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL500.pdf
If the voter moves after updating their mailing address, they can correct it again as needed.
A voter who is displaced and temporarily out of the area can request an absentee ballot with an Absentee Ballot Request (SEL 111) https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL111.pdf
Questions? Please call Jackson County Elections at 541-774-6148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact us on or after October 5th concerning additional options available to you for obtaining a ballot.