Current and Upcoming Elections - Multnomah County Elections

Front entrance sign that says Multnomah County ElectionsThere 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 Oregon Legislature can choose a different special election date. A recall election date occurs based on when the recall petition was filed. Current and upcoming elections are listed below.

Nov 2019 Special - Jan 2020 Special - May 2020 Primary - Nov 2020 General 

November 5, 2019 Special Election 

  • Important dates
    • Aug 16, 2019 - Deadline for Special District or County to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
    • Sept 5, 2019 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
    • Sept 9, 2019 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments
    • Oct 15, 2019 - Voter registration deadline
    • Nov 5, 2019 - Special Election date

Jan 21, 2020 Special Election

  • Potential Special Election date for statewide referendum as specified in Senate Bill 116. More details as they become available.
    • Important Dates if Election occurs on Jan 21, 2020.
      • Dec. 6, 2019 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
      • Dec. 31, 2019 - Voter registration deadline
      • Jan. 2, 2020 - Ballots mailed (Jan 1 - Postal holiday)
      • Jan. 21, 2020 - Proposed Election day (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)

May 19, 2020 Primary Election

  • Candidate Information
    • Where to file as a candidate for the May 2020 Primary. 
    • Optional Voters' Pamphlet
      • County, Metro and City of Portland candidates file optional Voters' Pamphlet statements with Multnomah County Elections. City of Portland candidates can also file optional Voters' Pamphlet statements with other counties (Washington and Clackamas). Metro candidates can file with county or counties that the Council district is located in. Each county produces its own Voters' Pamphlet for the county.
      • State and Federal candidates file optional Voters' pamphlet statement with Oregon Secretary of State for State Pamphlet. Multnomah County District Attorney and all Judges file optional Voters' Pamphlet statement with Oregon Secretary of State.
    • Information on changes to Precinct Committee person Election is available in House Bill 2491, signed by the Governor on May 6, 2019.
  • Measure information
  • Important dates
    • Sept. 12, 2019 - First date County and Metro candidates can file for office.
    • Friday, February 28, 2020 - Deadline for Special District or County to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
    • March 10, 2020 - Candidate Filing deadline for County and Metro candidates
    • March 12, 2020 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for County and Metro candidates
    • March 19, 2020 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
    • March 23, 2020 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments and City of Portland Candidates
    • May 19, 2020 - Oregon Primary Election date

November 3, 2020 General Election 

  • Candidate Information
    • Where to file as a candidate for the November Election.
      • PUD candidates file with Multnomah County Elections.
      • All City candidates file with their City Clerk.
      • SWCD candidates file with Oregon Dept. of Agriculture.
      • State and Federal candidates file with Oregon Secretary of State's office.
    • Optional Voters' Pamphlet filing with Multnomah County Elections
      • PUD candidates
      • Runoff races (if applicable) for County, Metro and City of Portland
      • All City candidates
      • SWCD candidates
  • Measure information
  • Important dates
    • July 16, 2020 - 1st date PUD candidates can file for office with Multnomah County Elections
    • Friday, August 15, 2020 - Deadline for Special District or County to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
    • August 25, 2020 - Candidate filing deadline for PUD candidates who file with Multnomah County Elections
    • August 27, 2020 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for runoff races for County and Metro candidates and PUD candidates.
    • September 3, 2020 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
    • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments, all city candidates and SWCD candidates. (Monday 9/7/2020 is the Labor Day holiday.)
    • November 3, 2020 - General Election date

More information can be found in the County, City and District Candidate's Manual (PDF) and in the County, City and District Referral Manual (PDF).