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Election 2016: Voter Resources


Cars line up at a ballot box in Portland on Nov. 3, 2014.

Cars line up at a ballot box in Portland on Nov. 3, 2014.

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This year, four of the state’s top offices are on the ballot, including the governorship. The Portland mayoral race has seen more than a dozen candidates. Congressional seats and spots in the state legislature are up for grabs. Oh, and there’s a presidential race, too, if you haven’t heard.

Here is a list of resources to get you through the 2016 election.

Who Is Running?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in 2015

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in 2015

Gov. Kate Brown's Office/Flickr

Oregon has a number of crucial votes this year, perhaps most notably the governor’s race. Gov. Kate Brown is running with a number of GOP challengers, including businessman Allen Alley. The state will also hold races for secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and the Oregon legislature.

In Portland, there is the hotly contested mayoral race as well as a number of city council seats up for grabs.

Presidential candidates have made their way northwest in advance of Oregon’s May primary. The state will also vote for congressional seats in both chambers.

The Oregon Secretary of State has a full list of candidates for state and national office available online.

Important Dates

Oregon holds a primary election on May 17, which this year may hold significance in a close presidential race leading up to party conventions.

  • April 26: Last day to register with a party for primary election
  • April 27 – May 3: Primary ballots mailed to voters
  • May 17: Oregon primary election
  • July 8: Signature submission deadlines for initiative petitions
  • Aug. 30: Last day to register to vote for September election
  • Aug. 31 – Sept. 6: Ballots for September election mailed to voters
  • Sept. 20: Election Day
  • Oct. 18: Last day to register to vote for November election
  • Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Ballots for November election mailed to voters
  • Nov. 8: Election Day
Former President Bill Clinton rallied for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, on March 21, 2016.

Former President Bill Clinton rallied for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, on March 21, 2016.

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How Do I Register To Vote?

Oregon voters can register online, by mail or in-person at your county’s election office. Click here to find your election office.

Where Is My Ballot Dropsite?

Click here to view the Secretary of State’s dropsite locator.

Where Can I Find Coverage?

Where Can I Find More Voting Resources?

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