Most political parties in Oregon choose to hold closed primaries. In a closed primary, only voters who are registered members of a party can vote for the candidates in that party’s primary. For example, registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary for Governor but not in the Republican primary for Governor. Under Oregon law, political parties can choose to have open or closed primaries.
The winners of primary contests from different parties typically face each other in the General Election. All registered voters can participate in the General Election. Many voters in Oregon are not registered with a political party. Click: Check your registration status to see if you are registered as a member of a political party.