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The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Elections Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Elections Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Elections Division ensures the uniform interpretation and application of Oregon’s election laws and enforces federal election laws. It monitors and supervises election administration of the country’s first vote-by-mail system in all 36 counties and provides the public, elected officials, candidates, media and interested parties advice and assistance in all matters related to elections. Though some of its duties were performed prior to statehood in 1859, the Elections Division was officially created in 1957 when the secretary of state was named the chief elections officer for the state.


The division manages the statewide voter registration database and the electronic system for tracking and reporting campaign finance transactions. The division accepts filings for state offices, receives and verifies initiative and referendum petitions, and monitors campaign contributions and expenditure reports. The division publishes and distributes the Voters’ Pamphlet for all state elections and investigates alleged election law violations.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 501, Salem 97310
Telephone: 503-986-1518
Fax: 503-373-7414
General Email: elections.sos@state.or.us
Contact: Jim Williams, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Brenda Bayes
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 246260
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog