July 22, 2020

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

The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering ballots today, Wednesday, July 22 for the August 11 Special Runoff Election. City of Portland voters who do not receive a ballot by Thursday, July 30 should call the county elections office at 503-988-VOTE (8683). 

Multnomah County Elections encourages voters to stay home, stay safe, and vote by mail. New for 2020 — a stamp is no longer needed to return your ballot. 

The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering ballots today, Wednesday, July 22 for the August 11 Special Runoff Election. City of Portland voters who do not receive a ballot by Thursday, July 30 should call the county elections office at 503-988-VOTE.

City of Portland voters have until Thursday, August 6 to safely mail back their ballot for the August 11 Special Runoff Election. Voters mailing ballots from outside of the City of Portland should do so earlier. After August 6, voters should use the Official Ballot Drop Sites that are open for this Special Runoff Election. Those Official Ballot Drop Sites include 24-Hour Drop Boxes and 24-Hour Book Drop boxes at libraries in Multnomah County. Please note, because this Special Runoff Election is only in the City of Portland, the Fairview and Troutdale Libraries will not be accepting ballots. The Albina Library has moved. To find your nearest Official Ballot Drop Site visit multco.us/dropsites. Ballots must be received at an Official Ballot Drop Site by 8:00 PM on Election Day.

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. Multnomah County voters can sign up by visiting multnomah.ballottrax.net. Inside the “Accepted Ballot” message, voters can access a special Oregon “I Voted” sticker that’s ready to share on social media. The virtual “I Voted” sticker is available in English and nine additional languages. 

All voters in the City of Portland will receive a ballot for this election with the top two candidates from the May 2020 Primary Election for City of Portland Commissioner, Position 2. Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith will be the only names on the ballot for this Special Runoff Election for Commissioner, Position 2. For more information on the candidates, including voters’ pamphlet statements and upcoming election deadlines visit mcelections.org.

The Portland City Charter requires a special runoff election for a vacant position. The other City of Portland positions that are not vacant, including Mayor and Commissioner, Position 4 are scheduled for the November 3, 2020 General Election. 

For the August 11 Special Runoff Election, Multnomah County Elections will open an additional location in Gresham. The Voting Center Express will be open July 27 - Aug. 11 inside the Multnomah County East Building at 600 NE 8th Street. Voters will be able to replace a lost ballot, get help voting, ask questions, or vote in person at the Voting Center Express for Portland voters who live or work closer to Gresham. 

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

Voted ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. For more information about the August 11 Special Runoff Election, please visit www.mcelections.org.

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open July 27 - August 11

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