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 Special Election - special election for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District (TVF&RD) voters. 
    • Jan 11, 2018 - Deadline for district to file completed notice of measure election ballot title and explanatory statement.
    • Jan 16, 2018 - Measure Argument Voters' Pamphlet deadline
    • Jan 26, 2018 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
    • Feb. 20, 2018 - Voter registration deadline
    • Feb. 21, 2018 - Ballots mailed
    • March 13, 2018 - March Special Election
  • 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.
      • April 18-20, 2018 - Voters' Pamphlet delivered to all households
      • April 24, 2018 - Voter Registration Deadline and Party Choice Deadline for Closed Party Primary Elections.
      • April 25, 2018 - Ballots mailed.
      • April 30, 2018 - Voting Center Express (VCE) in Gresham open.
      • May 15, 2018 - Primary Election Day
      • June 4, 2018 - Final results certification date
  • Sept. 18, 2018 - Available Election date - No election scheduled.
    • 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 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 District 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, City and Special District) 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.
      • Sept 21, 2018 - Military & Overseas ballots mailed.
      • Sept 24, 2018 - Absentee ballots available after completing absentee ballot request form 
      • Oct 16, 2018 - Voter Registration deadline.
      • Oct 17, 2018 - Ballots mailed to voters.
      • Nov. 6, 2018 - General Election Day
      • Nov 26, 2018 - Last day for County to certify Final Results.

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.

  • 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 25, 2019 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for candidates and measure arguments
      • April 5, 2019 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
      • April 30, 2019 - Voter Registration deadline
      • May 1, 2019 - Ballots mailed to voters
      • May 21, 2019 - Special District Election - ballots due by 8:00 p.m.