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.


2018 Scheduled Election Dates

  • January 23, 2018 Special Election - special election for Measure 101 called for by the Oregon Legislature through referendum.
    • Dec. 8, 2017 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
    • Dec. 27-29, 2017 - Voters' Pamphlet mailed by Secretary of State
    • Jan. 2, 2018 - Voter Registration deadline
    • Jan. 3, 2018 - Ballots mailed
    • Jan 8 - 23, 2018 - Voting Center Express open in Gresham
    • Jan. 23, 2018 - Special Election Day
  • March 13, 2018 - Available Election date
    • Dec 22, 2017 -  Last day for Special Districts to file Ballot Title with County Elections for notice. 
    • Jan. 11, 2018 - Deadline for jurisdictions (City and Special Districts) to file completed and noticed measure title & explanatory statement.
    • March 13, 2018 - No election currently scheduled.
  • May 15, 2018 Primary Election - Oregon's Gubernatorial Primary Election 
    • Important Dates
      • Sept. 7, 2017 - 1st day candidates can file for May 2018 Primary
      • Feb. 23, 2018 - Last day for County or Special Districts to file Ballot Title with County Elections for notice. 
      • March 6, 2018 - Last day candidates can file for Multnomah Co & Metro positions (candidate filing deadline).
      • March 8, 2018 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for Multnomah Co & Metro candidates.
      • March 15, 2018 - Deadline for City of Portland to certify list of City of Portland candidates.
      • March 15, 2018 - Deadline for jurisdictions (County, City and Special District) to file completed and noticed measure title & explanatory statement.
      • March 19, 2018 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for City of Portland candidates.
      • March 19, 2018 - Measure argument filing deadline for County Voters' Pamphlet.
      • May 15, 2018 - Primary Election Day
  • Sept. 18, 2018 - Available Election date
    • June 9, 2018 -  Last day for Special Districts to file Ballot Title with County Elections for notice. 
    • July 19, 2018 - Deadline for jurisdictions (City and Special Districts) to file completed and noticed measure title & explanatory statement.
    • Sept. 18, 2018 - No election currently scheduled.
  • Nov. 6, 2018 - General Election - Oregon's Gubernatorial General Election
    • ​Important dates
      • July 19, 2018 - First date for PUD candidates to file for office.
      • Aug 17, 2018 - Last day for County or Special Districts to file Ballot Title with County Elections for notice. 
      • Aug 28, 2018 - Last day PUD candidates to file (candidate filing deadline).
      • Aug 30, 2018 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for PUD candidates and runoff Multnomah Co and Metro candidates.
      • Sept 6, 2018 - Deadline for cities and Dept of Agriculture (SWCD positions) to certify list of candidates.
      • Sept 6, 2018 - Deadline for jurisdictions (County, Cities and Special Districts) to file completed and noticed measure title & explanatory statement.
      • Sept 10, 2018 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for city and SWCD candidates.
      • Sept 10, 2018 - Measure argument filing deadline for County Voters' Pamphlet.
      • Nov. 6, 2018 - General Election Day

2019 Elections Calendar - More information soon. The 2019 Election cycle has one regularly scheduled May 2019 Special election for special district board positions and local measures.