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 is filed. Current and upcoming elections are listed below.

Nov 2019 Special - May 2020 Primary - Nov 2020 General 

November 5, 2019 Special Election 

The next election in Multnomah County is a local Special Election, to be held on November 5, 2019. There are local ballot measures on the ballot and there will be no candidate races. Only eligible voters that live within the boundaries of the local districts holding elections will receive a ballot. The districts on the ballot are City of Portland, City of Troutdale, Metro, Portland Public School District and Sauvie Island Fire District.

  • Important dates for the Nov 2019 Special Election
    • Aug 16 - Deadline for Special District or County to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
    • Sept 5 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
    • Sept 9 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments
    • Sept 13 - Measure arguments become public record and are available on website.
    • Sept 20 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
    • Oct 7 - Out of state ballots mailed
    • Oct 9 - 12 - Voters' Pamphlet mailed (one per residential household)
    • Oct 15 - Voter registration deadline
    • Oct 21 - Nov 5 - Voting Center Express  in Gresham open
    • Oct 31 - Last day for voter to safely mail ballot (postage required). After this date, an official drop site should be used.
    • Nov 2 - Extended hours open 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Nov 4 - Extended hours open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Nov 5 - Special Election date (open 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.) - unofficial results released at 8:00 p.m.
    • Nov 25 - Deadline to certify official election results

May 19, 2020 Primary Election

  • Candidate Information
    • List of Candidate Filings
    • Where to file as a candidate for the May 2020 Primary
    • Voters' Pamphlet Information for Candidates
      • County Voters' Pamphlet filings - County, Metro and City of Portland candidates can file Voters' Pamphlet statement with Multnomah County Elections. Portland candidates cannot file Voters' Pamphlet statement until Portland Elections Clerk certifies official list of candidates by 3/19/2019. 
        • Each adjacent county produces its own voters' pamphlet for that county (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington)
          • Metro candidates can file voters' pamphlet statement with other county or counties if Council district is in another county (partial or whole).
          • City of Portland can file voters' pamphlet statement with other counties.
      • State and Federal candidates file State Voters' pamphlet statement with Oregon Secretary of State. Multnomah County District Attorney and all Judges file State Voters' Pamphlet statement with Oregon Secretary of State.
    • Precinct Committee person (PCP) Information  
  • Measure information - no measures have been filed for the May 2020 Primary.
  • Important dates
    • Sept. 12, 2019 - First date County and Metro candidates and Precinct Committee persons can file for office.
    • Sept 30, 2019 - First date Precinct Committee filing forms can be accepted. 
    • 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