The deadline to register to vote in the general election is coming up Oct. 18. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath New

The Benton County Election Department and Oregon Secretary of State issued a public reminder this week that citizens must register to vote by Oct. 18 to participate in the Nov. 8 general election.

To register, or to find more information about voting and elections, go online to

Voter registration information may need to be updated online before the deadline for those who have names that have changed, have moved or have been released from incarceration.

“Keeping our communities engaged in elections is a top priority and our hope is to provide every eligible community member with the opportunity to vote in this election,” Benton County Records and Elections Department Director James Morales said through a press release.

The Oregon Secretary of State is also asking the public to be on the lookout for disinformation and offers the following tips about how to not amplify false information:

• Don’t repost on social media.

• Don’t comment, this attracts more attention to the post.

• Comment only if the post is already popular, with vetted debunking information.

• If you must share, take a screenshot and share only through email, messenger, etc.

“With so much stuff online these days it’s hard to know where to get accurate information from a trusted source,” said Civic and Elections Education Director for the Secretary of State, Nikki Fisher. “We’re here to help by sharing official information from the Oregon Elections Division.”

For those who spot false information, contact Fisher at or 503-302-9618.

To learn more about voting information, candidates and measures, Benton County residents can read the Benton County Voters’ Pamphlet.