Make a Plan to VOTE!: Be prepared for the November 3, 2020 General Election

September 9, 2020

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Contacts: Tim Scott or Eric Sample, 503-988-VOTE (8683)

Make a Plan to Vote!

Make a Plan to VOTE!: Get ready for the November 3 General Election.

Election Day is less than two months away on November 3, 2020. Oregon’s November 3 General Election includes races for President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, state legislative seats and more. Voters will also decide on statewide and local ballot measures. 

Ballots will be mailed to all registered Multnomah County voters beginning Wednesday, October 14. It is important to make sure you are registered to vote and keep your registration up to date so that you can receive your ballot as soon as possible. 

As a voter, you can get prepared for the November 3 General Election by making a plan to vote and the greater community can help by celebrating National Voter Registration Day with Multnomah County Elections on September 22.

Make a Plan to VOTE!

In advance of the November 3 Election Day deadline, Multnomah County Elections is asking voters to Make a Plan to VOTE! The action-focused checklist walks voters through the five steps needed to ensure their vote is counted:

  1. Register to VOTE.
  2. Get your ballot.
  3. VOTE your ballot.
  4. Return your ballot.
  5. Have a VOICE and make a difference.

First - Register to VOTE. Voter Registration Deadline is October 13, 2020.

The voter registration deadline for this election is Tuesday, October 13. Register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register. Make sure to update your voter registration anytime you move, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation. Now is the time to check that your voter registration has your current residence and mailing address. Then, sign up for Track Your Ballot after you check your registration!

Get your ballot.

You will receive your ballot in the mail beginning October 14. If you have not received your ballot by October 22, take action by calling Multnomah County Elections at 503-988-VOTE (8683) for a replacement ballot. If you are going to be away from home for this election you can sign up to get an absentee ballot, available starting September 21. 

VOTE your ballot.

Remember to sign your ballot return envelope. Your signature is your identification. Every signature on every ballot is examined to make sure it matches the signature in the voter’s registration. If you forget to sign or your signature does not match we will send you a letter and contact you via Track Your Ballot so that you can take action and we can count your vote.

Do you have questions or need help voting? We have voter assistance available to help if you have a disability or need help in a language other than English.  Give us a call.

Return your ballot.

You have two choices in returning your ballot. Vote early and return your ballot by mail. No stamp needed! Get your ballot in the mail to us by Tuesday, October 27 to ensure it is received by our office on time. Postmarks do not count in Oregon. 

You can also return your ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Site. Return your ballot to any 24-hour Official Ballot Drop Box in the state or to any 24-hour Multnomah County Library Drop Site. All Multnomah County Official Ballot Drop Sites are listed at multco.us/dropsites. Ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Election Night, November 3, 2020.

Have a VOICE and make a difference!

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 22.

Now that you are ready to vote, help your community get ready by celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 22. First celebrated in 2012, National Voter Registration Day has become a nonpartisan national holiday when thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure that our family, friends, and neighbors Make a Plan to VOTE! The first step in the plan is registering to vote! 

Get Involved!

  • Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors Make a Plan to VOTE! and are registered to vote at their current address.

  • Access our Make a Plan to VOTE! Virtual Voter Registration Kit with rules for organizing a voter registration drive, printable voter registration cards, signs, and brochures.

  • Connect with a local, governmental, or community organization to be part of a National Voter Registration Day event. Events will be added to our social media channels as we near the date (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)  

Sign up for Track Your Ballot.

Do you want to know when your ballot has been mailed out? Sign up for Track Your Ballot and get a virtual “I Voted” sticker. Text, email, or voice alerts will tell you when the county elections office has mailed your ballot, and upon return when we have received your ballot. Alerts also indicate whether the ballot has been accepted for counting or whether it requires further action by the voter. Inside the “Accepted Ballot” message, voters will get access to a special Oregon “I Voted” sticker ready to share on social media. Multnomah County voters can sign up by visiting multnomah.ballottrax.net.

Countdown to November 3 Election Day

  • National Voter Registration Day - September 22, 2020

  • Voters’ Pamphlet mailed to all residential households - October 7, 2020 

  • Gresham Voting Center Express Opens - October 12, 2020

  • Voter Registration Deadline - October 13, 2020

  • Ballots begin to be mailed to voters - October 14, 2020

  • All voters should have received their ballot. - October 22, 2020

  • Last day to safely return your ballot by mail - October 27, 2020

  • Election Day - Ballots due by 8:00 PM - November 3, 2020

  • Final official election results are certified - November 23, 2020

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open October 12 - November 3, 2020 

Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building

600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR 97030

Phone: 503-988-VOTE (8683)

Email: elections@multco.us

Website: www.mcelections.org