Another great thing about living in Oregon is our vote-by-mail system. Here is Tivi dropping my ballot off in the neighborhood ballot box- she is so excited about election day! In Oregon your ballot is mailed to you a few weeks before election day, along with thick pamphlets where candidates and measure supporters can promote themselves in an open forum. You have time to sit at the kitchen table reading about all the positions, candidates, ballot measures and make informed decisions. This is a nice change from my past voting experiences of standing in a booth feeling frustrated that I did not know many of the ballot items. You can mail in your ballot or drop it off in designated ballot boxes anytime leading up to election day. The only downside is that you need a No. 2 pencil and have to color in the dots on the ballot - brings back memories of standardized testing / exams... ugh.