Contacts: Tim Scott or Eric Sample, 503-988-VOTE (8683), Jessica Morkert-Shibley 971-563-3735
Multnomah County voters cast ballots in Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, the first full election cycle with new Postmarks Law.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Multnomah County voter turnout reached 61.31% out of 567,466 registered voters. That number is expected to increase as ballots continue to be processed into Wednesday.
This year marked the first full election cycle in which ballots postmarked on or before Election Day counted. The Postmarks Law gave more flexibility to voters to mail their ballots on Election Day — provided those ballots are postmarked on Election Day and arrive at a county elections office within seven days.
While the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election saw sluggish voter turnout as it launched, ballot returns picked up the weekend before and surged into Election Tuesday. Many voters continued to use Official Ballot Drop Sites that require ballots to be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Between drop sites and mailed ballots, more than 100,000 ballots were received on Election Day — with roughly 13,500 of those received by mail.
The new Postmarks Law has resulted in some changes to election processes and timelines. Close contests may not be decided right away because mailed ballots cast on time on or before Election Day that arrive up to seven days after Election Day will still be counted. The Elections Results Schedule for this election can be viewed online here.
“Election workers still work into the evening and early morning hours, processing ballots as usual,” said Election Director Tim Scott. “We employ as many as 150 on-call election workers who join our permanent staff to help conduct elections — many of them dedicated election workers who come back year after year to assist in the election.”
In the face of misinformation, disinformation and mal-information campaigns, as well as nationwide concerns for the personal security of election workers, Multnomah County Elections continues to uphold secure, transparent and accurate elections. The Elections Division worked with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office to reinforce security in the state’s Vote by Mail system — a pioneering method of voting supported by parties working across the aisle nearly two decades ago — that continues to deliver reliable, convenient and secure elections.
The “Voting in Oregon Feels Good” campaign, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, highlighted the reliability and convenience of Vote by Mail and its built-in security features, as well as reminders about the new Postmarks Law. The campaign included videos in English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Somali.
Multiple layers of security are built into the Vote by Mail process. Unique identifiers are on every ballot return envelope and only one ballot for each voter can be counted. The voter’s signature on every ballot envelope is checked against the voter registration signature. If it doesn’t match, the voter is notified and they have 21 days after the election to provide a matching signature.
The ballot counting system is secured inside an isolated room. It is a stand-alone system that is not connected to the internet or any other network. Multnomah County’s Track Your Ballot service also allows voters to watch their ballot move through the acceptance process. Roughly 26 percent of eligible voters are signed up for this service, with more than 5300 signing up in October alone. Track Your Ballot is available in multiple languages. Voters can sign up before the next election at multnomah.ballottrax.net.
Honoring Election Workers
In recognition of the immense importance and work of Multnomah County’s election workers and administrators, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, as Election Hero Day. The proclamation highlighted the professionalism, commitment, integrity and painstaking attention to detail election workers demonstrate with every election.
Each sworn election worker in Multnomah County serves a valuable role in ensuring accurate, accessible and secure elections for Multnomah County voters. Election workers’ responsibilities include collecting ballots at drop sites, running ballots through high-speed sorters, opening ballot envelopes, providing direct voter services in Portland and Gresham, answering thousands of phone calls, and countless other duties in between.
We thank them for their service.
Local Elections Count!
Local elections are important and count tremendously in the decision-making that shapes the future of our communities. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of voters in Multnomah County who participated and made sure their voices were heard.
Final Official Election Results Available Dec. 5, 2022
Final official election results will be certified by Dec. 5, 2022. The next scheduled election in Multnomah County is the May 2023 Special District Election.
Multnomah County Elections Division Contact Information
Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building
1040 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR 97214
Closed until May 2023 for the next election!
Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building
600 NE 8th St., Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: 503-988-VOTE (8683)