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Girl Scouts cheer on voters outside Multnomah County Elections Headquarters (Photo Courtesy: Multnomah County)
By The Skanner News
Published: 09 April 2019

The next election in Multnomah County is a local election. The Special District Election will be held on May 21, 2019 for local school district, water district, and rural fire protection district board members. There may also be local measures that include requests for local tax money or proposed changes to laws. Special District Elections are held every odd number year in May.

April 30 is the voter registration deadline for the May 21 Special District Election. Oregon voters can register online or fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card available at the elections office, public library, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, or post office. Each of Multnomah County’s more than 536,800 eligible voters will then receive a ballot the first week of May.

Multnomah County Elections asks voters to check that their address, party affiliation, and name are up-to-date in their voter registration record. Voters can update their information online or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card. Voters who will be away from home on election day should request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their temporary address. Voters should visit Elections Frequently Asked Questions at multco.us/absentee or call Multnomah County Elections for assistance in requesting an absentee ballot as soon as possible.

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. Inside the “Accepted Ballot” message, voters will get access to a special Oregon “I Voted” sticker ready to share on social media. Multnomah County voters can sign up here.

Multnomah County Elections will open its second location, the Voting Center Express in Gresham for this election. The Voting Center Express will be open May 6 - 21 inside the Multnomah County East Building. Voters will be able to replace a lost ballot, get help voting, ask questions, or vote in person at the Voting Center Express at 600 NE 8th Street in downtown Gresham.

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. Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand elections rules, and know who to ask for help.

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