Register by 11:59 p.m. today if you want to vote in the May 15 primary.

Registration is available until then online at the Oregon secretary of state’s website,

You can also use that link to check your registration or to switch parties.

To register, you must be an Oregon resident, a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years old. You have to be 18 before you can vote. You’ll need a driver’s license, permit or ID card from the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division.

A number of races will be on the ballot. Democrats and Republicans in Douglas County will choose their nominees for Congress. Longtime U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, faces one Democratic challenger, Daniel Arcangel of Monmouth, in the primary. Republicans will choose from a slate of five candidates, including Curry County Commissioner Court Boice, Jo Rae Perkins of Albany, Michael Polen of Grants Pass, Art Robinson of Cave Junction and Stefan Strek of Eugene. The winners for each party will face each other in the November general election.

Roseburg South County residents in state House District 2 will have limited choices on the May ballot. Democrats will have one candidate, Megan Salter. Two names will appear on the Republican ballot, but one of them, Dallas Heard, no longer wants the job. That's because he was recently appointed to fill former senator Jeff Kruse's seat. That leaves Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif as the only real candidate for the Republican nomination. Leif and Salter are expected to face each other in the November general election.

North County Republicans and Democrats each have one choice in the primary. Cedric Hayden, R-Fall Creek, is running for re-election and has no primary challengers. Christy Inskip, a Cottage Grove Democrat, is running unopposed for that party's nomination.

Two Douglas County commissioners, Chris Boice and Tim Freeman, are running for reelection and each faces a handful of challengers. Boice's challengers include Jeremy Salter, Jason Leeper and James Hoyt. Freeman's challengers are Brandy Stone, Victor Petrucci, Rita Harris and Ashley Hicks. If a candidate receives more than half the vote, he or she wins the job outright. If not, the top two vote-getters face off in November.

Two proposed library districts, one in the Drain area and one in the Reedsport area, will be on the ballot for residents of those areas. Oakland and Sutherlin school districts are seeking approval for bonds that would pay for facility improvements.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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