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The Skanner Report
Multnomah County Elections
Published: 25 April 2018

The U.S. Postal Service began delivering ballots on Wednesday, April 25 for the May 15 Primary Election.

Multnomah County voters who do not receive a ballot by Thursday, May 3 should call the county elections office at 503-988-3720. Voters who changed their party affiliation near the April 24 deadline may receive two ballots and should only vote the second ballot with the new party.

Voters who are registered with the Democratic or Republican parties will also receive a precinct committeeperson ballot. A precinct committeeperson is a neighborhood level representative to the voter’s political party from the precinct in which they reside. During a primary election, the major-party voters of each precinct may elect to their party's county Central Committee a committeeperson of each sex for every 500 electors registered in the precinct (ORS 248.015). There are three categories on the ballot: Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Committeewoman, and Precinct Committeeperson corresponding to the three genders recognized by the State of Oregon since 2016: male, female, and nonbinary.

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 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.   

For the May 15 Primary Election, Multnomah County Elections will be opening an additional location in Gresham. The Voting Center Express will open April 30 - May 15 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 bit.ly/MultCoDropSites.

Voted ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15. For more information about the May 15 Primary Election, please visit www.mcelections.org.

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