The U.S. Postal Service has begun mailing ballots today, Wednesday, January 3 for the January 23 Special Election

January 2, 2018

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

The U.S. Postal Service has begun mailing ballots today, Wednesday, January 3 for the January 23 Special Election. Multnomah County voters who do not receive a ballot by Thursday, January 11 should call the county elections office at 503-988-3720.

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

Ballots sit in mail tray, having been mailed back to the Multnomah County Elections office. Ballot envelope has a stamp on it. Ballot states, Signature Required.

Inside the “Accepted Ballot” message voters will get access to a special Oregon “I Voted” sticker ready to share on social media. The virtual “I Voted” sticker is available in English and nine additional languages. “I Voted” is written within the Oregon state shape in the state flag colors of navy blue and gold. Oregon voter turnout continues to be one of the highest in the nation and this design celebrates that fact.

More Oregonians are eligible to register to vote as of January 1, 2018. An amendment to Oregon state law (ORS 247.016) now allows U. S. citizens and Oregon residents, 16 years or older to register to vote. After registering these new voters will get their first ballot in the mail when they are 18.    

For the January 23 Special Election, Multnomah County Elections will be opening an additional location in Gresham. The Voting Center Express will open January 8 - January 23 inside the Multnomah County East Building 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 Express in downtown Gresham.

A voted ballot can be sent to the elections office with one first-class stamp or by dropping it off at any official ballot drop site in Oregon. Official ballot drop sites include all Multnomah County Library locations and eight 24-hour official drop sites. To find the nearest official ballot drop site, go online to

Voted ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 23. Voters are encouraged to return ballots promptly because of the possibility of inclement winter weather. For more information about the January 23 Special Election, please visit

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open January 8, 2018 - January 23, 2018

Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building

600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR 97030


Phone: 503-988-3720