April 11, 2018 4:45 a.m. 

The deadline to register for those wanting to vote in the May Primary Election is getting close.

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says April 24th is the last day to sign up as a new voter, or to change party registration. Richardson says state law only provides a Primary for major political parties. Those who want to vote in the primary as a Democrat, Independent or a Republican, or who want to participate in choosing a nominee for a minor party like the Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Progressive or Working Families party must be registered with that party by the end of the day on April 24th.

Richardson says people that have moved recently, changed their name, or have not received a ballot in a while, should make sure their registration is updated. Richardson says people can check or update their registration status by going to the Election Division’s online portal:

The Primary Voters Pamphlet will arrive in every residential mailbox in the state between April 18th and 20th.

This year, the Independent Party of Oregon has opened its Primary Election to non-affiliated voters. Those voters may vote in the IPO Primary Election without changing their registration by requesting an IPO ballot from their local county clerk by downloading a form and instructions from the Elections Division website:

The Democratic Party of Oregon and the Oregon Republican Party remain open only to voters registered with those parties. Non-affiliated voters and members of minor political parties will be mailed a ballot that includes all nonpartisan races for which they are eligible to vote.