April 6, 2020

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Contacts: Tim Scott or Eric Sample, 503-988-3720

The next election in Multnomah County is the Oregon Presidential Primary Election. Despite the many challenges brought by COVID-19, this statewide election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Oregon’s Vote By Mail elections allow voters to stay at home, stay safe, and vote early. Each of Multnomah County’s more than 544,000 eligible voters will receive a ballot the last week of April.

Thanks to prepaid postage legislation passed in 2019 — a stamp is no longer needed. Voters have until May 14 to safety mail back their ballot for the May 19 Primary Election.

Multnomah County Elections reminds voters that April 28, 2020 is the voter registration deadline for the May 19 Primary Election. Oregon voters can register to vote online at www.oregonvotes.gov/register or fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card available at the US Post Office, Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building or Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building in Gresham. The Voting Center Express will open on April 27, 2020.  

April 28, 2020 is also the party choice deadline. Voters who wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican closed primary elections need to be registered as a member of that party by the deadline. Voters can update their party affiliation online at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Voters — who are not affiliated with a major party — will receive a non-partisan ballot that will contain non-partisan state and local offices and measures.

Multnomah County Elections asks voters to check that their address, party affiliation, and name are up-to-date in their voter registration record. Voters can update their information online at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card. Voters who will be away from home on Election Day should request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their temporary address. Voters should visit: multco.us/absentee or call the Multnomah County Elections Office for assistance in requesting an absentee ballot as soon as possible. For frequently asked questions about elections, visit: multco.us/elections/elections-frequently-asked-questions

Voters can sign up to track their ballot and get a virtual “I Voted” sticker. Text, email, or voice alerts tell voters when the county elections office has mailed ballots. Alerts 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.

Multnomah County Elections will open its second location, the Voting Center Express in Gresham for this election. The Voting Center Express will be open April 27 - May 19 inside the Multnomah County East Building. Voters will be able to replace a lost ballot, get help voting, ask questions, or vote in person at the Voting Center Express at 600 NE 8th Street in downtown Gresham.

Multnomah County Elections provides an interpreter, free of charge, to anyone who needs help voting in a language other than English. Additional voting and election information in nine languages is online at multco.us/education-and-outreach. Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand election rules and know who to ask for help.  

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open April 27 – May 19, 2020

Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building

600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR 97030

Phone: 503-988-3720

Email: elections@multco.us

Website: www.mcelections.org