October 6, 2021

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

October 12 is the Voter Registration Deadline 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. 

October 12 is the Voter Registration Deadline for the November 2, 2021 Special Election. Multnomah County Elections Assists Voters.

You can learn more about the November 2, 2021 Special Election and access the Online Voters’ Guide, ballot measure filings, and sample ballots. The Voter Registration Deadline for this election is Tuesday, October 12, 2021

New Oregon voters with a valid Oregon driver license, driving permit, or ID can register online at oregonvotes.gov/register. If you do not have a valid Oregon driver license, permit, or ID, or it has expired you will need to fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card available at the US Post Office, Multnomah County’s Library locations, and the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building. 

If you are already registered to vote, we ask that you check your address and name are up to date in your voter registration record. Voters can update their information online at oregonvotes.gov/myvote or with an Oregon Voter Registration Card. You can sign up for Track Your Ballot to receive ballot alerts, updates, and get a virtual “I Voted” sticker. 

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning 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. Ballots must be received by the elections office before 8 pm on Election Day on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Postmarks do not count for this election.

As a voter, you can request assistance with voting from a friend, family member, or someone else you know and trust. If needed, you can call and request voting and election-related assistance from Multnomah County Elections.

New Independent Voting Units (IVUs) Allow All Residents to Vote Privately and Independently

As a voter, you can also now choose to vote using an Independent Voting Unit (IVU), allowing you to vote privately and independently. IVUs are available at both the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building in Portland and at the Voting Center Express in Gresham. 

An IVU is a tablet system that allows you to use adaptive technology to vote your ballot. There is a headset to adjust the volume and speed of the audio reading the ballot. The touchscreen has adjustable font size, three contrasting color-sets, or can be turned off completely. You can use the touch screen or a controller that can be held in the lap and has markings in English and Braille. You can vote in a chair, mobility device, or standing using the adjustable table. After marking your choices, you’ll print the ballot out, sign the ballot return envelope, and then put the ballot into the return envelope. If you have a question you can summon an elections official with a call light. The Independent Voting Units are available for voting until 8pm on November 2, 2021, Election Night. To vote and mark your ballot on an IVU, visit one of our two voting service locations. Any voter can use an IVU to vote independently.

Voter Assistance Available for Voters with Disabilities.

You can fill out a Voter Assistance Request Form, call, email, or visit a Multnomah County Elections location for support in any step of the voting process including: signing up to vote, marking or reading the ballot, updating voter registration information, understanding election rules and steps in voting, or any other election-related assistance. Elections Voter Assistance Teams can assist you from your home, at the facility you live in, or at an elections service location in SE Portland or Gresham. This support is always free. Legally, employers or union representatives cannot provide voter assistance. Multnomah County Elections staff are following all safety recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Election Support Is Also Available in a Voter’s Preferred Language.

You can also request voting assistance in your preferred language. Multnomah County Elections has bilingual staff available who speak many languages. The Elections Division also can provide an interpreter, free of charge, to anyone who needs assistance in voting or elections processes in a language other than English. Telephone or video interpretation is available in any language including American Sign Language (ASL).

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).

Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand election rules, and know voters can ask us for support. Each voter’s situation can be different and we are here to provide any needed assistance. 

Important Dates for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

  • Voter Registration Deadline - October 12, 2021
  • 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