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
    • May 19 - Oregon Primary Election date (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)
    • May 27 - Challenge ballot list becomes public record
    • June 2 - Deadline to resolve challenge ballots 
    • June 8 - Deadline for County to certify Election Results
    • June 18 - Deadline for State to certify Election Results 
  • August 11, 2020 Special Election 
    Special runoff election to fill vacancy for City of Portland Commissioner, Pos. 2 - If no candidate receives 50%+1 of votes cast in the May Primary, the City of Portland has called for a special runoff election to be held on August 11, 2020. 
    • June 03 - State determines random alpha for candidates
    • June 08 - Final results from May Primary available
    • June 11 - City certifies candidates to Multnomah County Elections
    • June 15 - Voters' pamphlet filing deadline 
    • June 26 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
    • July 13 - Out of state ballots mailed
    • July 21 - Voter registration deadline
    • July 22 - Ballots mailed to voters
    • Aug 06 - Last day for voters to safely mail ballot back by mail
    • Aug 11 - Special Election day
    • Aug 31 - Final Election results certified to City of Portland
  • November 3, 2020 General Election
    • Candidates & Campaigns
      • July 16 - 1st date PUD candidates can file for office with Multnomah County Elections
      • Friday, August 14 - Deadline for Special District or County to file notice of ballot title with County Elections for publication
      • August 25 - Candidate filing deadline for PUD candidates who file with Multnomah County Elections
      • August 27 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for runoff races for County and Metro candidates and PUD candidates.
      • September 3 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed) and ciity/SWCD candidate certification date.
      • Tuesday, September 8 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments, all city candidates and SWCD candidates. (Monday 9/7/2020 is the Labor Day holiday.)
    • Voters
      • September 18 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
      • September 21 - Absentee ballots available in Elections office.
      • October 5 - Out of state ballots mailed.
      • October 7 - 10 - Voters' Pamphlet mailed to all residential households by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
      • October 13 - Voter Registration deadline
      • October 14 - Ballots begin to be mailed to voters.
      • October 29 - Last day to safely return your ballot by mail. After that date voters must use an official drop site.
      • November 3 - General Election date (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)