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Published: 01 October 2020

The next election in Multnomah County is the November 3, 2020 General Election. 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 decide on statewide and local ballot measures. All registered voters in Multnomah County will receive a ballot for this election. Ballots will be mailed out beginning October 14.

vote by mail card uspsThe US Postal Service mailed a helpful checklist to ensure your vote counts. Click the image to download/print.
If you are a voter who needs assistance, you can go online, call, email or visit a Multnomah County Elections location for help in any step of the voting process including: signing up to vote, marking or reading the ballot, updating voter registration information, understanding election rules and steps in voting, or any other election-related help.

Make a Plan to VOTE!

make a plan to vote checklistIn advance of the November 3 General Election, Multnomah County Elections can help you Make a Plan to VOTE! The action-focused checklist walks through the five steps necessary to ensure your vote is counted:

Register to VOTE.
Get your ballot.
VOTE your ballot.
Return your ballot.
Have a VOICE and make a difference!

Voter assistance available for voters with disabilities

As a voter with a disability, you can request help with voting from a friend, family member, or someone else you know. If needed, you can also call and request voting and election-related help from Multnomah County Elections. Elections Voter Assistance Teams can help a voter from their home, at the facility they live in, or at an elections service location in SE Portland or Gresham. This help is always free of charge. Legally, employers or union representatives cannot provide voter assistance. Multnomah County Elections staff are following all safety recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Voter assistance available for those who speak languages other than English

As a voter you can also request assistance in your preferred language. Multnomah County Elections has staff who speak many languages. The Elections Division also can provide an interpreter, free of charge to anyone who needs help in voting or elections processes in a language other than English. Telephone interpretation is available in any language.

Voter registration deadline is October 13, 2020

vote counts introMultnomah County Elections reminds voters that October 13, 2020 is the voter registration deadline for the November 3 General Election. New Oregon voters with a valid Oregon drivers license, driving permit, or ID can register online oregonvotes.gov/register.

If you do not have a valid Oregon drivers license, permit, 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’s 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 oregonvotes.gov/myvote or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card

Check the status of your ballot

Use the My Vote web page to:

  • check if you are registered to vote
  • view your voter registration information
  • update your voter registration
  • check the status of your ballot
  • find contact information for your county elections office
  • find contact information for your elected officials
  • find a ballot drop site

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 [email protected] or (503) 988-VOTE (8683) for further assistance.

Gresham Voting Center Express open beginning 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. Face coverings are required when visiting our two voter service locations. Many voter services can also be completed online. For questions, please call 503-988-VOTE (8683).

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. Each voter’s situation can be different. 

Countdown to November 3 Election Day

  • Voters’ Pamphlets (state and county) begin to be mailed to all residential households - October 5, 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

Gresham location:

Open October 12 - November 3, 2020
Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building
600 NE 8th Street, Gresham

Phone: 503-988-VOTE (8683)

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mcelections.org

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