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.

 

2017 Election Dates

  • March 14, 2017 - Special Election - no election in Multnomah County.
  • May 16, 2017 - Special District Election - Regularly scheduled election for special district board positions.
    • Jan 31, 2017 - Deadline for special districts to notify Elections Division what board positions will be on the ballot for the May 2017 Special Election.
    • Feb 6, 2017 - 1st date for candidates to file in-person at Elections office for open positions.
    • March 16, 2017 - Deadline for candidates to file for open positions and deadline for jurisdictions to file ballot title and explanatory statement for measure.
    • March 20, 2017 - Deadline for filed candidates to file optional Voters' Pamphlet statement and deadline for measure arguments to be filed.
    • March 31, 2017 - Military & Overseas ballots mailed
    • April 3, 2017 - Ballots available in Elections office 
    • April 25, 2017 - Voter registration deadline for new Oregon voters
    • April 26, 2017 - Ballots mailed to voters
    • May 16, 2017 - Election day.
  • September 19, 2017 - Special Election - no election in Multnomah County. 
  • November 7, 2017 - Special Election
    • Sept 7, 2017 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement.
    • Sept. 11, 2017 - Voters' Pamphlet measure argument filing deadline.
    • Sept. 15, 2017 - Measure arguments become public record and are available on website.
    • Sept 22, 2017 - Military & Overseas ballots are mailed.
    • Oct. 17, 2017 - Voter registration deadline
    • Oct. 18, 2017  - Ballots are mailed
    • Nov. 2, 2017 - Last day to safely mail return ballot.
    • Nov. 7, 2017 - Election Date - official dropsites open until 8:00 PM.

2018 Scheduled Election Dates

  • January 23, 2018 Special Election
    • 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. 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.