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.


2020 Election Calendar

  • May 19, 2020 Primary Election
    • Candidates & Campaigns
      • Sept. 12, 2019 - First date County and Metro candidates can file for office.
      • Sept. 30, 2019 - First date Precinct committee persons can file.
      • 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 and Precinct Committee persons.
      • 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
    • Voters
      • April 3, 2020 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
      • April 6, 2020 - Absentee ballots available in Elections office.
      • April 20, 2020 - Out of state ballots mailed
      • April 22-25, 2020- Voters' Pamphlet mailed to all residential households by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
      • April 28, 2020- Voter Registration and party change deadline
      • April 29, 2020 - Ballots begin to be mailed to voters
      • May 14, 2020 - Last day to safely return your ballot by mail. After that date voters must use an official drop site.
      • May 19, 2020 - Oregon Primary Election date (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)
  • November 3, 2020 General Election
    • Candidates & Campaigns
      • 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.)
    • Voters
      • September 18, 2020 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
      • September 21, 2020 - Absentee ballots available in Elections office.
      • October 5, 2020 - Out of state ballots mailed.
      • October 7 - 10, 2020 - Voters' Pamphlet mailed to all residential households by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
      • October 13, 2020 - Voter Registration deadline
      • October 14, 2020 - Ballots begin to be mailed to voters.
      • October 29, 2020 - Last day to safely return your ballot by mail. After that date voters must use an official drop site.
      • November 3, 2020 - General Election date (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)