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Pioneer Voter and Civic Engagement Information



Join The Bus Project outside the Bon on
Tuesday, September 22nd, 11am to 1pm for National Voter Registration Day!



The information below is provided by Student Activities as a nonpartisan resource for Lewis & Clark student voters in:
  • registering to vote in their home state (if you are not already registered to vote in Oregon)
  • updating voter registration
  • understanding voter registration deadlines in their home state, and
  • how to get involved in voter advocacy.

As a part of a long standing tradition of exploring, learning, and working together, Lewis & Clark College values and protects the freedom of students, faculty, and staff to express political views, to exercise their right to vote, and to participate in the electoral process. At the same time, to retain its status as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Lewis & Clark must not participate or intervene in any political campaign, on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office, issue, or initiative.


Check back here for the latest voter registration, debate, and election schedules.

Multnomah County Current and Upcoming Elections
  • September 15, 2015 Special Election - no election currently scheduled
  • November 3, 2015 Special Election - no election currently scheduled
  • Additional 2015 Election Calendar Information
  • March 8, 2016 Special Election - potential date - no scheduled election
  • May 17, 2016 - Primary Election
  • September 20, 2016 - Special election - potential date - no scheduled election
  • November 8, 2016 - Presidential General Election


Resource websites for voter advocacy and education, voter registration, candidate debates, special elections, primary elections, and the general election:
  • 2016 Election Central - presidential election news
  • The Bus Project - volunteer-driven democracy for our generation
  • Campus Election Engagement Project - nonpartisan student engagement
  • Commission on Presidential Debates - providing the best possible presidential debate information
  • Fair Elections Legal Network - nonpartisan voting rights and legal support
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC)
  • Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
  • League of Women Voters - making democracy work
  • Long Distance Voter - the absentee ballot experts
  • My Time To Vote - promoting democracy through education
  • National Voter Registration Day - celebrating democracy in America
  • Nonprofit VOTE - Engaging America’s nonprofits in voting and elections
  • Project Vote Smart - just the facts
  • Our Time - standing up for young Americans
  • Rock the Vote - building political power for young people
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)
  • Voto Latino - it’s your country…represent!
Do you know of any nonpartisan voter resources that you’d like to see listed on this site? Send the site’s name and address to activity@lclark.edu and we’ll add it to the list!


Oregon voter registration, absentee voter, and election information.
Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website for general information regarding voting and elections.

Registering to vote in Oregon is quick and simple. Oregonians can register:
  • Online using using My Vote
  • By mail using a voter registration form. This form is also available in Spanish
  • In person at the county elections office (Multnomah County Elections Division)

In Oregon, the deadline to register to vote is 21 days before Election Day, so please register early!
To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident at at least 17 years old. Online registration requires current Oregon driver’s license or state ID card.

In March of 2015, Gov. Kate Brown J.D. ’85 signed House Bill 2177, Oregon’s New Motor Voter Act, creating a new system to register eligible Oregonians to vote. Oregon is the first state to shift from an opt-in to an opt-out voter registration system for those who renew or apply for diver’s license or state ID with the DMV. Voters will still be eligible to register online or by submitting a voter registration form to their county clerk (Multnomah County Elections Division).

The Oregon Secretary of State encourages all eligible Oregonians to register and vote. Organizers of voter registration drives have five calendar days to turn in completed forms to a county elections office, and cannot coerce people to register with a particular political party. Voter registration forms can be obtained from county election offices. To obtain 500 or more applications, please fill our this form, and return it to the Oregon Elections Division.

When you move from living in the residence halls at Lewis & Clark to a new location it is important that you register to vote in your new district if you were previously registered to vote with your Lewis & Clark MSC as your voting address. If you are voting absentee from your home state, please make sure that your home state has your current contact information.


Find voter registration, absentee voter, and election information for states and the District of Columbia below:

Links to U.S. territory government pages are provided for reference (U.S. territories do not have voting representation in the United States Congress, and are not entitled to electoral votes for President).


As a part of a long standing tradition of exploring, learning, and working together, Lewis & Clark College values and protects the freedom of students, faculty, and staff to express political views, to exercise their right to vote, and to participate in the electoral process. At the same time, to retain its status as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Lewis & Clark must not participate or intervene in any political campaign, on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office, issue, or initiative.

 

7/17/15

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