How to Mark Your Ballot
Carefully read and follow all instructions printed on your ballot.
To ensure your vote counts:
|Use a blue or black ink pen.|
|Completely fill in the Oval to the left of the response of your choice.|
To write-in a candidate whose name is not on the ballot:
|Fill in the oval to the left of the write-in line for the contest you wish to cast a write-in vote.|
Write the candidate's first and last name on the write-in line.
Any abbreviation, misspelling, or minor variation shall be disregarded in determining the validity of the write-in vote as long as the intended candidate can be determined.
|Writing the last name only will be considered invalid (unless the individual is registered with a single name). |
|ORS 254.505 "An elector may not place on the ballot a sticker bearing the name of a
person or use any other method or device, except writing or using a
voting machine, to vote for a person whose name is not printed on the
ballot. Any ballot that has a sticker or other device is void and may
not be counted." |
Failure to fill in the oval for the write-in will not invalidate the vote for the candidate.
Check your ballot carefully!
| ||Make sure you have completely filled in the ovals next to your choices.|
|The Ballot may have contents printed on front and back.|
|You do not have to vote on all contests. Those you do vote on will still count.|
|You cannot change your vote once you have returned your ballot.|
If you vote for more candidates than allowed or you vote both Yes and No on a measure, it is called an overvote. Your vote will not count for that candidate or measure.