Elections office
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 city, local and state candidate/initiative 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.

Collage of three photos showing various processes at Multnomah County Elections
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 10 employees who work at the Elections Office. For major elections, Multnomah County employees 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 448,000 registered voters in Multnomah County (as of December 2014). Multnomah County uses an optical scan system to count ballots.

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 710,000 residents. Multnomah County is governed by a Board of four elected Commissioners and one Chair. More than 4,500 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.

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Contact Information

1040 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97214 (Location)
503-988-3720
503-988-3719 fax
elections@multco.us
Oregon Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900

Building location

Building entrance on SE 11th.  Limited street parking available on SE 11th, between Morrison and Belmont. Two accessible parking spaces are available on SE Morrison.

Trimet bus routes: #70  & #15

Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day
Holiday Schedule