October 13, 2021

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Contacts: Tim Scott or Eric Sample, 503-988-VOTE (8683)

Ballots are in the mail for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

The next scheduled election is the November 2, 2021 Special Election. In Multnomah County, only the 12,000 voters who live in the City of Fairview, City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego School District, or Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District (TVF&R) will receive a ballot. The majority of Multnomah County voters do not live in any of these jurisdictions and will not receive a ballot for the November 2, 2021 Special Election. 

Ballots are in mail today for the 12,097 eligible voters in the November 2, 2021 Special Election.

You can learn more about the November 2, 2021 Special Election and access the Online Voters’ Guide, ballot measure filings, and sample ballots. Ballots have been mailed to the 12,216 eligible voters beginning today, October 13. Voters who will be away from home on or near Election Day should request an absentee ballot be mailed to their temporary address. All eligible voters for this special election should receive their ballot by Thursday, October 21. 

Secrecy Sleeves Are No Longer Included with Your Ballot

The optional secrecy sleeve has always been a choice for voters and is no longer needed. The outer signature envelope has a printed security weave on the inside that protects your privacy. Your privacy and the secrecy of your vote has always been and will continue to be protected throughout the ballot counting process. This change has been formally approved by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office and will save money and staff time.

Return Your Voted Ballot

As a voter, you have two choices in returning your ballot. Vote early and return your ballot by mail. No stamp needed! Get your ballot in the mail to us by Tuesday, October 26 (earlier if you are mailing from out of state) to ensure it is received by our office on time. Postmarks do not count for this election. 

You can also return your voted ballot to one of the open Official Ballot Drop Sites for this election. Ballots must be received by the elections office before 8 pm on Election Day on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The list of available Official Ballot Drop Sites is available below and online at: www.multco.us/elections/official-ballot-drop-sites-november-2-2021-special-election.

Official Ballot Drop Sites for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

Multnomah County Elections in Portland:

  • Multnomah County Elections (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Site) – 1040 SE Morrison St – Walk/bike up Official Ballot Drop Site is a slot in the building located at the corner of SE 11th Ave. and SE Morrison St.

Near the City of Fairview:

  • Fairview – Columbia Library (24-hour Library Book Drop) – 1520 NE Village St. Fairview
  • Gresham Library (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) – 385 NW Miller Ave Gresham
  • Voting Center Express – Limited Hours – Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St. Gresham – There is an Official Ballot Drop Box located inside the Voting Center Express on the first floor of the Multnomah County East Building. It is open only during voting center open hours. You will need to park and then walk inside to deposit your ballot.

Near City of Lake Oswego and Lake Oswego School District:

  • A–Boy Supply (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) – 7365 SW Barbur Blvd. Portland
  • Lake Oswego City Hall (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) - 380 A Ave. Lake Oswego - Official Ballot Drop Site access is in the parking lot off 4th St.
  • Lake Oswego-Westlake Park  (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) - 14165 Bunick Dr. Lake Oswego - Official Ballot Drop Site has been moved to the lane that connects Bunick and Melrose parking lot.

Near Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District:

  • A–Boy Supply (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) – 7365 SW Barbur Blvd. Portland
  • Cedar Mill Community Library (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) - 12505 NW Cornell Rd. Ste. 13 Portland
  • West Slope Community Library (Official 24-hour Ballot Drop Box) - 3678 SW 78th Ave. Portland
  • Garden Home Library - 7475 SW Oleson Rd. #6, Portland - *Indoor Drop Box - Get dates/hours at www.wccls.org/libraries/gardenhome.

For a full list of additional Official Ballot Drop Sites open for this election, visit Clackamas County (www.clackamas.us/elections) and Washington County (www.co.washington.or.us/AssessmentTaxation/Elections).  

The Gresham Voting Center Express is open beginning October 18 for your voter registration, voting, and elections needs

The Voting Center Express inside the Multnomah County East Building at 800 NE 8th Street in Gresham will open October 18 for the November 2, 2021 Special Election. At the Voting Center Express, you can update your voter registration information. You can also get a new ballot to replace a lost or damaged ballot. Voters with a disability can get assistance. Voters who speak a language other than English can get assistance in their preferred language. Elections staff are also available for questions or any other elections-related support.

The Voting Center Express in Gresham is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Ballots can only be accepted at the Voting Center Express during open hours. The nearest 24-hour official ballot drop box site is in the parking lot at the Gresham Library at 385 NW Miller Avenue. 

Multnomah County Elections provides an interpreter, free of charge, to anyone who needs voting assistance in a language other than English. Additional voting and elections information in nine languages is online at www.mcelections.org.

Sign up for Track Your Ballot 

Our popular Track Your Ballot service is now available in multiple languages! You can choose to receive ballot alerts and updates in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese. Sign up today for Track Your Ballot and get a virtual “I Voted” sticker. Text, email, or voice alerts will tell you when the county elections office has mailed your ballot, and upon return when we have received your ballot. Alerts also 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 by visiting multnomah.ballottrax.net.

Multnomah County Elections and COVID-19

Multnomah County Elections is following all safety recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including wearing face coverings and physical distancing guidelines. Face coverings are required when visiting our voter service locations. Many voter services can also be completed online. For questions, please call 503-988-VOTE (8683).

Important Dates for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

  • Ballots begin to be mailed to eligible voters (voters’ pamphlets included in ballot package) - October 13, 2021
  • Gresham Voter Center Express Opens - October 18, 2021
  • Eligible voters should have received their ballot. - October 21, 2021 
  • Last day to safely return your ballot by mail. - October 26, 2021
  • Election Day - Ballots due by 8 pm. - November 2, 2021
  • Final Election results are certified to cities and special districts. - November 22, 2021

Main office:

Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building

1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214

Gresham location:

Open October 18 - November 2, 2021 

Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building

600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR 97030

Phone: 503-988-VOTE (8683)

Email: elections@multco.us

Website: www.mcelections.org