Today is National Voter Registration Day! Register in September to be ready to VOTE in November

September 22, 2020

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

The General Election is Tuesday, 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 have the opportunity to 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 that you are registered to vote and keep your registration up to date so that you can receive your ballot as soon as possible.   

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by making a plan to VOTE!

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2020 and help your community Make a Plan to VOTE!
Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 22, 2020 and help your community Make a Plan to VOTE!

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Help us celebrate by registering to vote TODAY.  Register in September to #VOTE in November. Already registered to vote? Check that your voter registration record is accurate and update your address if you have moved. You can access your voter registration online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Sign up for Track Your Ballot to get an alert via text, phone, or email when your ballot is mailed out to you.

Once you make sure that you are registered, spread the word and help your family, friends, and neighbors make sure that they are registered to vote. Access our Make a Plan to VOTE! Virtual Voter Registration Kit with rules for organizing a voter registration drive, printable Oregon Voter Registration Cards, signs, and brochures. Thank you for taking time today to strengthen your community - and our country - with your voice.

A thank you to the local organizations and communities that are finding ways to celebrate National Voter Registration Day in challenging and uncertain times. Look to our social media channels for local and virtual events happening (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  

Make a Plan to VOTE!

To get ready for the November 3 General Election we are 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. 

  • Have a VOICE and make a difference.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 13, 2020.

Make a Plan to Vote! Register to Vote; Get your ballot; VOTE your ballot; Return your ballot; Have a voice and make a difference.
Make a Plan to Vote! Register to Vote; Get your ballot; VOTE your ballot; Return your ballot; Have a voice and make a difference.

The first step in the plan is to register to vote. The voter registration deadline for the November 3 General Election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Oregon voters with a valid Oregon drivers license or ID can register online at www.oregonvotes.gov/register. If you do not have a valid Oregon drivers license or ID or it has expired you will need to fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card available at the US Post Office, Multnomah County Library locations, and the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building. The Gresham Voting Center Express will also be open Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13, with elections staff ready to help you register to vote and answer any questions you might have.   

If you are already registered to vote we ask that you check that your address and name are up to date in your voter registration record. Voters can update their information online at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card

Absentee Ballot Information

Voters who will be away from home on or near Election Day should request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their temporary address. Absentee ballots are available 43 days before each election (September 21 for the November 3 General Election). In order to receive an absentee ballot you must complete an Absentee Ballot Request Application. You can find the application and more information about absentee registration online at multco.us/absentee. You can also contact our office at elections@multco.us or (503)988-VOTE (8683) for further assistance.

Information for Voters Displaced By Wildfire or Other Emergency

Multnomah County Elections is ready to support voters who have been displaced by wildfire, smoke, or other emergency situation. For Multnomah County voters who have been displaced from their home for any reason and have concerns about voting in the November 3 General Election, please know that we will work to ensure that you can receive your ballot, vote, and make your voice heard. Solutions range from adding a temporary mailing address to your voter registration record where you can receive mail (oregonvotes.gov/myvote) to having the option to pick up your ballot at either of our voter service locations. The Oregon Secretary of State Elections Office has more information available at oregonvotes.gov/fires for displaced voters.

More than 20 Years of Oregon Vote-By-Mail

Multnomah County Elections and Oregon have a more than 20 year relationship with the United States Post Office (USPS). Vote By Mail elections in Oregon allow voters to stay  home, stay safe, and vote by mail or return your ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Box. 

As a voter, 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 (earlier if you are mailing from out of state) 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 Site 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

No matter how you choose to return your ballot, it must be received by 8:00 PM on Election Night, November 3, 2020.

North Lombard Street Official Ballot Drop Box Moves to Green Zebra Grocery

The North Lombard Street Goodwill Official Ballot Drop Box will be relocated, just two blocks east, to the rear parking lot of the Green Zebra Grocery Kenton location at 3011 N Lombard Street. The Official Ballot Drop Box will be in place at its new location in time to receive ballots for the November 3 General Election. Please note, the entrance for the Green Zebra Grocery rear parking lot is on N Curtis Avenue. The Official Ballot Drop Box was moved from the Goodwill Store as it undergoes renovations. Signs will be posted at the Goodwill, notifying voters of the new location at Green Zebra Grocery. A big thank you to Green Zebra Grocery for supporting democracy and Multnomah County voters who live, work, and shop in North Portland.

Gresham Voting Center Express Open Starting October 12

Multnomah County Elections will open its second location, the Voting Center Express in Gresham starting October 12 and running through Election Day, November 3. The Voting Center Express is located inside the Multnomah County East Building at 600 NE 8th Street in downtown Gresham. Voters will be able to replace a lost ballot, get help voting, ask questions, or vote in person at the voting center.

Multnomah County Elections and COVID-19

Multnomah County Elections is following all safety recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including wearing face coverings and physical distancing guidelines. Many voter services can also be completed online. For questions, please call 503-988 VOTE (8683).

Multnomah County Elections provides an interpreter, free of charge, to anyone who needs help voting in a language other than English. Additional voting and elections information in nine languages is online at multco.us/education-and-outreach

Multnomah County Elections goes to great lengths to ensure the security and integrity of not just the November 3 General Election but every election we conduct. There are security plans and processes built into every step of the election process from the creation of the ballot envelopes and the delivery process to the receiving of ballots back in our office and securely counting and accurately tallying the ballots. You can get additional questions about election security answered by the Elections Division on our website. 

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. 

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