The Procrastinator’s Guide to Portland’s 2020 election

Bridgeliner has changed up its voter guide a little bit this year.

Our goal is still to provide you with a resource for filling out your ballot in the most informed way possible, but due to the massive interest in this election, there seem to be more guides than ever this year. So we’re going to focus on answering your voting questions and making sure you’re ready and able to cast your ballot. 

We’ve compiled as many resources as we could find to help you better understand the races on your ballot and how to make sure your vote is counted. This is a living document, so as new guides come to our attention, we’ll make sure to include them here. Did we miss something? Let us know.

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Oregon conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Tuesday, Oct. 13, you can expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail or find a drop box on Oregon’s official site. Wednesday, October 28 is the last day ballots can be mailed. After this date, ballots must be put into a drop box.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Here’s what else you need to know. 

🗳 Voting FAQ

  • When is election day? Tuesday, Nov. 3. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. PST.
  • How do I know if I’m registered to vote? Find out here.
  • When is the registration cut-off date? Oct. 13.
  • When will I receive my ballot? Ballots are mailed out on Oct. 14. To learn more about Oregon’s mail-in ballot timeline, go here.
  • What if my ballot doesn’t arrive? Call your county elections office
  • When is my ballot due back by mail? Oct. 27 is the last day to safely return your ballot by mail. After that, voters must use an official drop site to submit their ballot.
  • Where is my county drop site? You will need to check with your county clerk. Here is how you do that.
  • How do I know which candidates are running for office? Here’s the list for Multnomah County voters. 
  • Do I need an ID to register to vote? Yes, you will need an Oregon Driver’s License. If you do not have an Oregon Driver’s License, please fill out a paper registration form in the link below, print out the voter registration form, sign the form, and return the form by mail or deliver it to your local elections office.
  • I was displaced by the Oregon wildfires and/or my mailbox was destroyed — how will I vote by mail? You can register a temporary address that your ballot can be mailed to. More information about that here.

🗳 Have more questions? You can use MyVote 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

🗳 Resources & Guides

  • The Oregon Secretary of State, Bev Clarno’s webpage offers state-level information on current elections, who is running for office, how to register to vote, and much more. For voters with disabilities, the site offers walkthroughs and resources here.
  • Ballotpedia offers a deep-end dive into each candidate’s history — particularly incumbents — and shares how they’ve voted previously, their stance on key issues, and more.
  • Multnomah County has resources for Portland-specific voting information — who is running for office, important dates, how to register to vote, and education links.
  • Vote411 is affiliated with the League of Women Voters Education Fund and is a “one-stop-shop” for election-related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on aspects of the election process. Let Vote411 tell you who’s on your ballot and what their priorities are by entering your home address here.

Vote.org is a resource that uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. It has election tools, deadlines, dates, rules, and links.