Multnomah County Online Voters' Pamphlet - November 2019 Special Election

The next election in Multnomah County is a local Special Election, to be held on November 5, 2019. There are local ballot measures on the ballot and there will be no candidate races. Only eligible voters that live within the boundaries of the local districts holding elections will receive a ballot. The districts on the ballot are City of Portland, City of Troutdale, Metro, Portland Public School District and Sauvie Island Fire District

Letter to Voter

Dear Multnomah County Voter:
This Voters’ Pamphlet is for the November 5, 2019 Special 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. A registration card is also available on our website. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 15, 2019. Ballots will be mailed beginning on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019. If you don’t receive your ballot by Oct. 24, 2019, please call 503-988-VOTE (8683).
  • Only eligible voters that live within the boundaries of the local districts holding elections will receive a ballot. The districts on the ballot are City of Portland, City of Troutdale, Metro, Portland Public School District and Sauvie Island Fire District.
  • Remember, if you plan to return your ballot by mail, one first-class stamp is necessary. Postage paid return envelopes will be provided starting in 2020, but for this election, in 2019, a first-class stamp is still required. You can always drop your ballot at an official drop box. Ballots delivered to an official drop box never require postage.
  • We’ve moved our ballot drop box on SE 11th Ave one block north. Due to impending construction of a new building in our neighborhood, we’ve moved our 24-hour drop box on the East Side of SE 11th Ave. one block north. It is now located on the East side of SE 11th Ave. between SE Alder St and SE Morrison St. Look for signs with directions placed around the building. The drop box on the north side of SE Belmont St between SE 10th Ave and SE 11th Ave has not moved.
  • Voted ballots MUST be received at any County elections office in Oregon or official drop site location by 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 5, 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 on our website and updated throughout the evening.

If you have any questions, you can contact our office at
503-988-VOTE (8683).


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?

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

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.

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 Alder St. & SE Morrison St. (new location one block north on SE 11th)
    • 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

Ballot Measures and Measure Arguments

City of Portland – Ballot Measures and Arguments

City of Troutdale – Ballot Measure and Arguments

Metro – Ballot Measure and Arguments

Portland Public School District

Sauvie Island Fire District 30J