Qualification and Registration of Electors
Rules to consider in determining residence of person for voting purposes
(1)An elections official, in determining the residence and qualifications of a person offering to register or vote, shall consider the following rules, so far as they may be applicable:
(a)The person’s residence shall be the place in which habitation is fixed and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return.
(b)If a person’s property is split by a jurisdictional line, the person shall be registered where the residence is located. If the residence is split by a jurisdictional line, the person shall register where the greatest value of the residence is located according to county assessment and taxation records.
(c)A person shall not be considered to have gained a residence in any location in this state into which the person comes for temporary purposes only, without the intention of making it the person’s home.
(d)If a person moves to another state with the intention of making a permanent home, the person shall be considered to have lost residence in this state.
(e)If a person goes from this state into any other state or territory and votes there, the person shall be considered to have lost residence in this state.
(f)A person who has left the place of the person’s residence for a temporary purpose only shall not be considered to have lost residence.
(2)Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a person who has left the place of the person’s residence for a temporary purpose only, who has not established another residence for voter registration purposes and who does not have a place in which habitation is fixed shall not be considered to have changed or lost residence. The person may register at the address of the place the person’s residence was located before the person left.
(3)An elections official may consider, but is not limited to considering, the following factors in determining residency of a person for voter registration purposes:
(a)Where the person receives personal mail;
(b)Where the person is licensed to drive;
(c)Where the person registers motor vehicles for personal use;
(d)Where any immediate family members of the person reside;
(e)The address from which the person pays for utility services; and
(f)The address from which the person files any federal or state income tax returns. [Formerly 250.410; 1995 c.214 §1]
See also annotations under ORS 250.410 in permanent edition.
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Residency of students not living with parents, (1971) Vol 35, p 933