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 election in 2017 is the May 16, 2017 Special District Election. Other elections can be held in March, September or November. Dates for 2018 are also listed below. 

May 16, 2017 Special District Election 

Candidate & Measure Information

Voter Registration

Military and Overseas Information

Election Calendar for May Special District Election

  • Jan 31, 2017 - Deadline for special districts to notify Elections Division what board positions will be on the ballot for the May 2017 Special Election.
  • Feb 6, 2017 - 1st date for candidates to file in-person at Elections office for open positions.
  • March 16, 2017 - Deadline for candidates to file for open positions and deadline for jurisdictions to file ballot title and explanatory statement for measure.
  • March 20, 2017 - Deadline for filed candidates to file optional Voters' Pamphlet statement and deadline for measure arguments to be filed.
  • March 31, 2017 - Military & Overseas ballots mailed
  • April 3, 2017 - Ballots available in Elections office 
  • April 25, 2017 - Voter registration deadline for new Oregon voters
  • April 26, 2017 - Ballots mailed to voters
  • May 16, 2017 - Election day.

Other 2017 Election Dates

  • September 19, 2017 - Special Election (potential date - no scheduled election)
    • July 20, 2017 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • Sept. 19, 2017 - No election currently scheduled.
  • November 7, 2017 - Special Election (potential date - no scheduled election)
    • Sept 7, 2017 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • Nov. 7, 2017 - No election currently scheduled.

May 2018 Primary Election

Important dates

  • Sept. 7, 2017 - 1st date candidates can file for May 2018 Primary
  • March 5, 2018 - Last day candidates can file for Multnomah Co & Metro positions (candidate filing deadline).
  • May 15, 2018 - Primary Election Day

Positions scheduled to be on the ballot that file with Multnomah Co Elections

  • Multnomah County
    • Chair
    • Commissioner Dist. #2
    • Auditor
    • Sheriff
  • Metro
    • President
    • Councilor Dist. #1
    • Councilor Dist. #2
    • Councilor Dist. #4
    • Auditor 

City of Portland candidates file with City of Portland and state/federal candidates file with Oregon Secretary of State's office. Other positions could be placed on the ballot due to a mid-term vacancy.


November 2018 General Election

  • Nov. 6, 2018 - General Election Day