2017 ORS 253.540¹
Application for ballot by military or overseas elector

This section is amended
Effective September 29, 2019
Relating to elections; creating new provisions; amending ORS 171.062, 246.021, 247.013, 247.940, 247.945, 247.965, 248.015, 248.017, 248.023, 248.024, 248.026, 248.029, 248.033, 248.035, 248.043, 249.013, 249.035, 249.037, 249.068, 249.072, 249.078, 249.865, 253.540, 253.565, 254.155 and 255.012 and section 9, chapter 8, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 1, chapter 119, Oregon Laws 2016; repealing ORS 248.010 and sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, chapter 70, Oregon Laws 2019 (Enrolled House Bill 2491); and prescribing an effective date.

(1) Any military or overseas elector may secure a ballot by submitting an application as specified in subsection (2) of this section to the clerk of the county of the military or overseas elector’s residence, or to the Secretary of State. If the application is addressed to the Secretary of State, the secretary shall forward it to the appropriate county clerk.

(2) An application for a ballot by a military or overseas elector shall be made in the form of a written request. The application shall be valid for every subsequent election until the elector otherwise notifies the clerk or is no longer an elector of the county. The application shall be signed by the applicant and contain:

(a) The name and current mailing address of the applicant;

(b) A statement that the applicant is a citizen of the United States;

(c) A statement that the applicant will be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election;

(d) A statement that for more than 20 days preceding the election the applicant’s home residence has been in this state, and giving the address of the last home residence;

(e) A statement of the facts that qualify the applicant as a military or overseas elector or as the spouse or a dependent of a military or overseas elector;

(f) A statement that the applicant is not requesting a ballot from any other state and is not voting in any other manner in the election except by the requested ballot; and

(g) If the applicant desires to vote in a primary election, a designation of the applicant’s political party affiliation or a statement that the applicant is not affiliated with any political party. An applicant not affiliated with any political party may request a ballot for a major political party. The applicant shall be sent the ballot for the political party that the applicant requested if that political party has provided under ORS 254.365 (Voting at primary election by major party members and nonaffiliated electors) for a primary election that admits electors not affiliated with any political party. [1955 c.332 §§7,8; 1957 c.641 §16; 1973 c.827 §25; 1975 c.675 §31; 1979 c.190 §220; 1979 c.519 §26; 1987 c.719 §7; 1991 c.168 §2; 1995 c.712 §49; 1999 c.999 §43; 2013 c.520 §8]

Chapter 253

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion of this chapter to elec­tion immediately after referral, (1972) Vol 36, p 140

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 253—Absent Electors, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors253.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 253, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano253.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.