Civic engagement

Learn about your right to vote — consider civic engagement, how it works, and who gets to participate.

City government

The City of Grants Pass is a council-manager form of government. Elected by residents, the mayor and councilors volunteer their time to serve our community. Eight councilors represent four wards and are elected at large to 4-year terms of office. The council oversees city government and employs a city manager who is in charge of the city staff and departments.

City Council meetings are open to the public and held in the council chambers at 5th & NW A Streets in Grants Pass on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm.

County government

The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the county empowered to adopt ordinances, establish programs, levy taxes, appropriate funds, make appointments, and zone property in the unincorporated area. The three members of the board are elected on a non-partisan basis to serve four-year terms.

With the exception of holidays and other planned recesses, the Board of Commissioners convenes the first, third, and fourth Wednesdays at 9:00 am and the second Wednesday at 5:30 pm  at 600 NW 6th Street in Grants Pass. The meetings are open to the public.

Josephine County Board of Commissioners
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Past meeting minutes
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Josephine County Clerk
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Josephine County official ballot drop sites
View list of official ballot drop locations

We the Unhoused podcast

We The Unhoused is a podcast that lifts the voices and struggles of the unhoused in LA and beyond. Host Theo Henderson is currently unhoused and resides in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

National resources


The Standing Committee on Election Law develops ways to improve the electoral process to permit the least restrictive access to the ballot box.


Learn how to exercise your voting rights, access disability-related accommodations, and find language assistance at the polls.


To protect the integrity of Oregon’s elections and other systems, multiple layers of defense controls are used to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access.


Learn about voting rights laws, constitutional amendments, voter fraud, voter suppression, and more.