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

  • May 21, 2019 Special District Election
    •  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
  • September 17, 2019 Special Election
    • July 18, 2019 - Measure filing deadline (completed and noticed).
    • July 22, 2019 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for measure arguments
    • Aug 2, 2019 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
    • Aug 27, 2019 - Voter registration deadline
    • Aug 28, 2019 - Ballots mailed
    • Sept 17, 2019 - Special election day (ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)
  • November 5, 2019 Special Election
    • 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
    • Sept 20, 2019 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
    • Oct 15, 2019 - Voter registration deadline
    • Oct 16, 2019 - Ballots mailed
    • Nov 5, 2019 - Special Election day (ballots due by 8:00 p.m.) 

2020 Election Calendar

  • May 19, 2020 Primary Election
    • 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 (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)
  • November 3, 2020 General Election
    • 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 (Ballots due by 8:00 p.m.)