Your VOTE matters

This is the most important way to influence the culture!

VOTING DAY is November 8th, 2022
Ballots must be received or mailed with a valid postmark by >>8 pm<< Nov 8, 2022 to count. 

Voters can check their current registration status at under the My Vote tab

 In 2021 the Legislature passed a new law to allow ballots postmarked by Election Day to be on time even if they arrive at an election office after Election Day. This improvement ensures that every vote cast by 8 PM on Election Day gets counted. It may also delay the results of close races because it will take a few days for all on-time votes to be counted.

For more information about voting in Oregon or if you think your rights as a voter have been violated 1 866 673 8683

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The problem is everyone knows that elections should be safe and fair. Individual states control election laws. But we don’t have adequate laws at the state level to ensure it.

So what do we do?

Complain on social media? NO.

Not vote because people cheat? NO.
Wait for the next presidential election? NO.

But there is an answer.

Election laws are changed by your state representatives. So your state representative is who you have to talk to, and there is an organization who can help you do that,

RESEARCH HAS PROVED the most effective way to change a policymaker’s opinion is a written and signed note from a constituent from the policymaker’s district. This organization will help you do that.


Salem, Oregon, has 8 wards, which are districts of the city used for political purposes. Use this interactive map to find a ward or the nearest neighborhood association. Salem is divided into eight wards, each represented by a City Councilor.




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Danielle Bethell

(503) 588-5212

Kevin Cameron
(503) 588-5212

Colm Willis

(503) 588-5212

Marion County Health Department

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Lyle Mordhorst

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Craig Pope

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Jeremy Gordon

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Polk County Health Department

Health Services Director, Noelle Carroll