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Absentee Ballot 

Updated January 13,  2012

Who may apply for an absentee ballot?

Any registered voter who, on the day of the election, will be temporarily absent from the county in which the elector is registered may apply for an absentee ballot.  The United States Post Office cannot forward ballots by law, so an absentee ballot request is required for a Lane County resident to temporarily receive a ballot at a different address.  

For addresses outside of Lane County or out of state, complete the following absentee application (not military or out-of-country), indicating the length of time you will be gone:

Lane County military voters and their dependents stationed at a military location outside Lane County, APO/FPO address, or those Lane County residents living temporarily overseas must complete a Federal Absentee Ballot Request - Federal Post Card Application (FPCA),  indicating the length of time a voter will be gone in section 6 of the form.  Providing a direct mailing address on a federal card will flag the elections office that the voter's ballot qualifies to be mailed 45 days prior to an election.  Upon a voter's return to Lane County, the voter needs to complete a regular Oregon Voter Registration card to update their information.

Click here to print federal absentee ballot application  
Required for military and overseas voters

When can I apply for an absentee ballot?

Apply for an absentee ballot at any time. If you apply for an absentee ballot by mail, be sure to allow enough time for the ballot to be delivered to you, voted and returned to Lane County Elections by 8:00 p.m. Election Day.

I will be out of town when ballots are mailed.  How do I receive a ballot?                                                                 

You may request an absentee ballot from your county elections office either in person, by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Absentee requests must include:

  • your name;
  • your date of birth; 
  • your Lane County residence address;
  • the address to which the ballot should be mailed;
  • which election, or if all elections you wish an absentee ballot or date ranges; and
  • if you are requesting a ballot early, what range of dates you will be absent.

Your voted ballot must be received by Lane County Elections or a designated drop site by 8:00 pm on Election Day. Postmarks are not considered.