Notice of Election: Candidate filing opens today, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 for the May 18, 2021 Special District Election 

February 8, 2021

Candidate Filing Opens Today for the May 18, 2021 Special District Election

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

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The next election in Multnomah County is the May 18, 2021 Special District Election. This election includes contests for positions on your local school board, community college, education service district, rural fire district and water district. Depending on where you live, you may have one or more of these contests on your ballot.

Ballots will be mailed to all registered Multnomah County voters beginning Wednesday, April 28. 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. 

The next election in Multnomah County is the May 18, 2021 Special District Election. This election includes contests for positions on your local school board, community college, education service district, rural fire district and water district.

The Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building (1040 SE Morrison St, Portland) is open to the public beginning today, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, to mark the beginning of the candidate filing period for this election. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in running for office you can find more information online at: mcelections.org, or by contacting us by phone at 503-988-VOTE (8683) or email at elections@multco.us.

Multnomah County Elections is following all safety recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing guidelines. Many voter services can also be completed online.

As a voter, you can get prepared for the May 18, 2021 Special District Election by making a plan to vote.

Local elections are important. Make a Plan to VOTE this May!

In advance of the May 18 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:

  • Register to VOTE. 

  • Get your ballot. 

  • VOTE your ballot. 

  • Return your ballot. 

  • Local elections are important. Make your vote count!

First - Register to VOTE. Voter Registration Deadline is April 27, 2021.

The voter registration deadline for this election is Tuesday, April 27. Register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register. Make sure you 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 April 28. If you are going to be away from home for this election you can sign up to get an absentee ballot, available beginning April 5, 2021. 

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.

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, May 11 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 p.m. on Election Night, May 18, 2021.

Local elections are important. Make your vote count!

Voter turnout for the November 2020 General Election reached record numbers. Every election is important and the May 18, 2021 Special Election is another chance to have a voice. Local elections affect local decision-making in all of our special districts! 

Countdown to May 18 Election Day:

  • Candidate Filing Period Opens - February 8, 2021

  • Candidate Filing Period Closes at 5 p.m. - March 18, 2021

  • Voters’ Pamphlet mailed to all residential households - April 21, 2021 

  • Voter Registration Deadline - April 27, 2021

  • Ballots begin to be mailed to voters - April 28, 2021

  • Gresham Voting Center Express Opens - May 3, 2021

  • All voters should have received their ballot. - May 6, 2021

  • Last day to safely return your ballot by mail - May 11, 2021

  • Election Day - Ballots due by 8 p.m. - May 18, 2021

  • Final election results are certified to special districts - June 7, 2021

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open May 3 - May 18, 2021

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

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