2015 | 2016

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 even years, the May Primary and November General are the only elections with candidate positions scheduled. During odd years, the May Special Election is the only election with candidate positions scheduled. Measures can be placed on the March, May, September or November election.

  • 2015 Elections Calendar (172.85 KB) - Detailed list of 2015 election dates from the Oregon Secretary of State.
  • 2016 Elections Calendar (194.6 KB) - DRAFT of 2016 election dates. Information subject to change based on new statues.
 

2015 Election Dates

  • March 10, 2015 Special Election
    • Jan. 8, 2015 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement.
    • March 10, 2015 - No election currently scheduled.
  • May 19, 2015 Special Election - Special district election. Includes elected board positions for Community College Districts, School Districts, ESD, Fire and Water Districts. 
    • Feb. 7, 2015 - 1st date for special district candidates to file (postmarked)
    • Feb. 9, 2015 - 1st date for special district candidates to file in-person at Multnomah Co. Elections
    • March 19, 2015 - Deadline for special district candidates to file for office and for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • March 23, 2015 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for candidates and measure arguments.
    • April 3, 2015 - Military/Overseas ballots mailed.
    • April 28, 2015 - Voter Registration deadline.
    • April 29, 2015 - Ballots mailed (beginning 20 days prior to the election - no later than 11 days prior)
    • May 19, 2015 - ELECTION DAY (Ballots due by 8:00 PM) 
    • June 8, 2015 - Last day to county to certify election results.
  • Sept. 15, 2015 Special Election
    • July 16, 2015 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • Sept. 15, 2015 - No election currently scheduled.
  • Nov. 3, 2015 Special Election
    • Sept. 3, 2015 -Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • Nov. 3, 2015 - No election currently scheduled.
 

2016 Election Dates

  • March 8, 2016 - Special Election (potential date - no scheduled election)
    • Jan. 7, 2016 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement.
    • March 8, 2016 - No election currently scheduled.
  • May 17, 2016 - Primary Election in Oregon (includes Presidential Primary, federal, state and local elections)
    • ​Positions scheduled to be on the ballot and file with Multnomah County Elections.
      • ​Multnomah County: Commissioner districts 1, 3 and 4.
      • Metro: Councilor districts 3, 5 and 6.
    • ​Links to other candidate filing information with Secretary of State or City of Portland.
    • ​Dates
      • ​9/10/2015 - 1st date to file for 2016 Primary
      • 3/8/2016 - Candidate filing deadline for Metro or Multnomah Co. positions.
      • 3/10/2016 - Voters' pamphlet deadline for Metro & Multnomah Co. candidates
      • 3/17/2016 - Deadline for City of Portland to certify official list of city candidates allowing candidates to file Voters' Pamphlet statement with County Elections.
      • 3/17/2016 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file ballot measure title and explanatory statement.
      • 3/21/2016 - Voters' pamphlet deadline for City of Portland candidates and measure arguments.
      • 4/1/2016 - Military/overseas ballots mailed
      • 4/27-5/3/2016 - Ballots mailed.
      • 5/17/2016 - Primary Election Day 
  • September 20, 2016 - Special Election (potential date - no scheduled election)
    • July 21, 2016 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file measure title & explanatory statement
    • Sept. 20, 2016 - No election currently scheduled.
  • November 8, 2016 - Presidential General Election
    • ​Dates
      • ​7/21/2016 - 1st date to file for PUD positions.
      • 8/30/2016 - PUD candidate filing deadline
      • 9/1/2016 - Voters' Pamphlet deadline for PUD candidates and if necessary, any runoff Metro or Multnomah Co.candidates.
      • 9/8/2016 - Deadline for cities and Dept of Ag to certify official list of candidates.
      • 9/8/2016 - Deadline for jurisdictions to file ballot measure title and explanatory statement.
      • 9/12/2016 - Voters' pamphlet deadline for City candidates and measure arguments.
      • 9/23/2016 - Military/overseas ballots mailed.
      • 10/20-10/25/2016 - Ballots mailed.
      • 11/8/2016 - General Election Day