Calendar with Important Election dates

There are four regularly 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. During odd years, the May Special Election is the only election with candidate positions scheduled. During even years, the May Primary and November General are the only elections with candidate positions scheduled. Measures can be placed on the March, May, September or November election. The Oregon Legislature can choose a different special election date. A recall election date occurs based on when the recall petition was filed.


2019 Elections Calendar

The 2019 Election cycle has one regularly scheduled May 2019 Special election for special district board positions and local measures. The November Special Election currently does not have any measures or candidates scheduled

  • May 21, 2019 Special District Election
    • Important dates 
      • Feb 9, 2019 - Deadline for County Elections to publish notice of district board election
      • Feb 11, 2019 - First date candidates can file for May Special District Election
      • March 2, 2019 - Deadline to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
      • March 21, 2019 - Candidate filing deadline for Special District candidates
      • March 21, 2019 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
      • March 21, 2019 - Deadline to withdraw as a candidate.
      • March 25, 2019 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for candidates and measure arguments
      • March 29, 2019 - Voters' Pamphlet material becomes public record and available on website.
      • April 5, 2019 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
      • April 8, 2019 - Absentee ballots available in Elections office
      • April 22, 2019 - Out of state ballots mailed
      • April 24-27, 2919 - Voters' Pamphlet mailed to all residential households
      • April 30, 2019 - Voter Registration deadline - Elections Office open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      • May 1, 2019 - Ballots mailed to voters 
      • May 6 - 21, 2019 - Voting Center Express is open
      • May 9, 2019 - All voters should have received their ballot for the election.
      • May 21, 2019 - Election Day - ballots due by 8:00 p.m.
      • May 29, 2019 - Challenge ballot information becomes public record.
      • June 10, 2019 - Deadline to certify final official Election results
  • 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
      • Nov 5, 2019 - Special Election date

2020 Election Calendar

The 2020 Election cycle has two scheduled elections, the May 2020 Presidential Primary and the November 2020 Presidential General. 

  • May 19, 2020 Primary
    • 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
    • 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