Welcome to the Multnomah County Elections Division.
The mission of the Elections Division is to uphold a reputation for transparent, accurate, accessible and accountable elections in Multnomah County.
Multnomah County Elections conducts all local, city, county, state and federal elections for the citizens of Multnomah County. Local elections include boards of directors for schools and special districts as well as local measures. City elections include those for city offices as well as annexations and other city issues. County elections are for county officers and county measures. State elections include Oregon House and Senate races as well as state-wide offices and state measures. Federal elections include Congressional, US Senate and Presidential races.
Conducting elections involves: registering voters; maintaining the voter data base; maintaining address and district data; checking signatures on some petitions; accepting candidate/measure filings; producing voters' pamphlets; issuing and mailing ballots; establishing drop site locations; accepting and processing returned ballots; counting ballots; and releasing results.
There are four scheduled election dates each year in Oregon: the 2nd Tuesday in March; the 3rd Tuesday in May; the 3rd Tuesday in September; and the 1st Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The only regularly scheduled elections are the even year May Primary and General Election and the odd year May Special Election. Other special elections can be held in March or September. The state can call for a special election at any time. Recall election dates are based on when the prospective recall petition is filed and the timeline after that initial filing. Recall elections do not follow the same timeline as other elections.
Multnomah County Elections has 12 employees who work at the Elections Office. For major elections, Multnomah County employs as many as 300 temporary election workers. Each election cycle takes anywhere from three months to eight months from beginning to end. All elections in Oregon are held by mail. There are currently about 520,000 registered voters in Multnomah County (as of October 2017). Multnomah County uses a digital system to count ballots called Clear Ballot.
Multnomah County is located in the Northwest corner of Oregon, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Multnomah County is Oregon's smallest and most populous county with over 766,000 residents. Multnomah County is governed by a Board of four elected Commissioners and one Chair. Multnomah County employees provide citizens a wide range of health and human services, public safety services and other government services. The largest city in Multnomah County is Portland, which is where the Elections Office is located.
Opportunities for Observation Observers play an important role in the elections process and provide an objective review of the vote counting process. The public is welcome to observe. For more information about election observation, please contact us.
- Oregon Blue Book - Multnomah County
- U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts - Multnomah County
- Multnomah County website
1040 SE Morrison St. (street view)
Portland, OR 97214
Oregon Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900
Open Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day
Building location and parking
1040 SE Morrison St, Portland OR 97214.
Building entrance on SE 11th. Limited street parking available on SE 11th and SE Morrison. Two accessible parking spaces are available on SE Morrison and one on SE 11th, between SE Morrison and SE Belmont. Please note SE Morrison is now one way westbound. Two hour parking (after 9:00 a.m.) is now available on the north side of Morrison between SE 11th and 10th. There is no parking lot available at the Elections office.