Image of the May 2019 Voters' PamphletMultnomah County Online Voters' Pamphlet
May 21, 2019 Special Election

Letter to Voter

This Voters’ Pamphlet is for the May 21, 2019 Special District Election and is being mailed to residential households participating in this election.

Here are a few things you should know:

  • You can view your registration status at There you can check or update your voter registration or track your ballot. The voter registration deadline is April 30, 2019.
  • Ballots will be mailed beginning on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. If you do not receive your ballot by May 9, 2019, please call 503-988-3720.
  • Multnomah County Elections will open its second location, the Voting Center Express in Gresham for this election. This location 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.
  • Voters with disabilities can request help with voting from a friend, family member or someone else they know.  If needed, voters can also call and request voting and elections related help from Multnomah County Elections. Elections Voter Assistance Teams can help a voter in 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.
  • Voters with limited English proficiency can also request assistance. 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.
  • Voted ballots MUST be received at any County elections office in Oregon or official drop site location by 8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to be counted.
  • This Voters’ Pamphlet is on our website: Starting at 8:00 PM on election night, preliminary election results will be posted.

If you have any questions, you can contact our office at 503-988-3720.


Tim Scott, Multnomah County Director of Elections

PLEASE NOTE: Multnomah County Elections prints information as submitted. We do not correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, errors or inaccurate information.

Facts to Know about Voting and Elections

Who can register to vote in Oregon?

  • You must be a United States citizen,
  • A resident of Oregon,
  • And at least 16 years old. You will get your first ballot in the mail once you are at least 18 years old.

You must register to vote at least 21 days before Election Day.

How can I register to vote?

  • Online at or
  • On a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card that can be picked up at an elections office, public library, Oregon DMV, or post office. 

How does vote by mail work?

All elections in Oregon are conducted by the county elections office. The elections office mails ballots directly to voters. Voters complete their ballots, and then return them to the county elections office in the mail or by putting them into an official ballot drop box. 

Vote by mail in a few simple steps:
1) Register to Vote
2) Receive a Voter Notification Card
3) Receive a Voters' Pamphlet
4) Receive Your Ballot
5) Vote Your Ballot
6) Return Your Ballot

Image that shows how to mark your candidate choice on the ballot.

How do I vote my ballot? 

Find the candidate or measure response  (YES or NO) of your choice. Completely darken the oval to the left of your choice with blue or black ink.

*** Do not use felt tip markers.

Write-in Votes

To vote for a write-in candidate who does not appear on the ballot, completely darken the oval to the left of the line provided for the office and write the full name of the candidate on that line. 

Image that shows an example of how to write in a name on the ballot.

Make sure you have correctly marked your choice for each contest. 

  • Your official ballot may have contests printed on both sides.  
  • Place the ballot in the return identification envelope. **You may use the optional secrecy sleeve.
  • Read the Voter’s Statement on the return envelope and sign on the signature line. 
  • Your ballot cannot be counted if you do not sign the return envelope.
  • Every signature is checked against the registration signature on file. The signatures must match for the ballot to be counted.

If you vote for more candidates than allowed for an office or if you vote both Yes and No on a measure, it is called an overvote and your vote will not count for that contest.

Image that shows how to make your intent clear if you make a mistake on the ballot.If you make a mistake or change your mind while marking your ballot, 

  • You may correct it yourself. See example below.
  • Make your choice obvious so that your intent is understood and your vote is counted correctly. 
  • If you are unable to correct your ballot, you may request a replacement ballot from the elections office.

Return Your Ballot

Mail your ballot with a first-class stamp 5 days before Election Day or Drop off your ballot at an official 24-hour or library drop site and remember Postmarks do not count. Your ballot must be returned before 8 PM on Election Day.

24-Hour Drop Box Sites in Multnomah County

  • Multnomah County Elections – 1040 SE Morrison St., Portland
    Two drop box locations: 
    • East Side of SE 11th Ave. between SE Morrison St. & SE Belmont St. 
    • North Side of SE Belmont St. between SE 10th Ave. & SE 11th Ave. 
  • A-Boy Supply – 7365 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland
  • Central Library – 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, in the outside book return behind the library on SW 11th Ave.
  • Goodwill Store – 3134 North Lombard St., Portland
  • Gresham Library – 385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham
  • McDonald's Restaurant – 2010 NE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland (drop box located on west side of NE 40th Avenue between NE Tillamook and NE Hancock and near the Hollywood Library)
  • Midland Library – 805 SE 122nd Ave., Portland 
  • Parkrose Neighborhood – 4390 NE 102nd Ave., Portland (MHCC Maywood Park Center parking lot) 
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square – 700 block of SW Broadway, Portland (next to Starbucks and across from Nordstrom – Walk up Only Location) 
  • Regal Cinemas Movie Theater / M & M Car Wash – SE Division St & SE 165th Ave., Portland – drop box located in Regal Cinemas parking lot behind M & M Car Wash

Library Official Drop Sites & Hours

  • Albina Library – 3605 NE 15th Ave., Portland 
  • Capitol Hill Library – 10723 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland
  • Fairview-Columbia Library – 1520 NE Village St., Fairview
  • Gregory Heights Library – 7921 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 
  • Holgate Library – 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Portland  
  • Kenton Library – 8226 N Denver Ave., Portland 
  • North Portland Library – 512 N Killingsworth St., Portland 
  • Northwest Library – 2300 NW Thurman St., Portland 
  • Rockwood Library – 17917 SE Stark St., Portland 
  • St. Johns Library – 7510 N Charleston Ave., Portland 
  • Sellwood-Moreland Library – 7860 SE 13th Ave., Portland 
  • Troutdale Library – 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale 
  • Woodstock Library – 6008 SE 49th Ave., Portland 
    • Mon. – Tue.  Noon – 8PM
    • Wed. – Sat.  10AM – 6PM 
    • Sun.  Noon – 5PM
  • Belmont Library – 1038 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., Portland 
  • Gresham Library – 385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham
  • Hillsdale Library – 1525 SW Sunset Blvd., Portland
  • Hollywood Library – 4040 NE Tillamook St., Portland
  • Midland Library – 805 SE 122nd Ave., Portland
    • Mon., Fri. & Sat. : 10AM – 6PM 
    • Tue.  10AM – 8PM
    • Wed. – Thurs.  Noon – 8PM
    • Sun.  10AM – 5PM
  • Central Library – 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland
    • Mon.  10AM – 8PM
    • Tue. – Wed.  Noon – 8PM 
    • Thurs. – Sat.  10AM – 6PM 
    • Sun. : 10AM – 5PM

Candidates and Ballot Measures in the Voters' Pamphlet


Multnomah Education Service District

Mt. Hood Community College 

Portland Community College

Beaverton School District

Centennial School District   

Corbett School District

David Douglas School District   

Gresham-Barlow School District   

Lake Oswego School District   

Parkrose School District  

Portland School District   

Reynolds School District

Multnomah Rural Fire Protection District 10

Tualatin Valley Fire & Recue District

Burlington Water District   

Tualatin Valley Water District  

Ballot Measures and Measure Arguments

City of Lake Oswego – Ballot Measures

Lake Oswego School District – Ballot Measure and Arguments

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District – Ballot Measure and Arguments