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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

Find out the latest about City Elections, including:

  • Ballot Title Filings for City Ballot Measures
  • Initiative, Referendum & Recall Petitions
  • Election Law & Administrative Rule Changes

Latest updates:


Mayoral Candidate Filing - May 19, 2020 Primary Election (Sarah Iannarone)

The Portland City Elections Office has accepted a candidate filing for office of Mayor that will appear on the May 19, 2020 Primary Election ballot.

On September 27, 2019 Sarah Iannarone completed the process to appear on the ballot for the office of City of Portland Mayor by nominating petition.

Completed candidate filings and other information for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election are available on the main City elections page.

 

Commissioner Pos. 1 Candidate Filing - May 19, 2020 Primary Election (Carmen Rubio)

The Portland City Elections Office has accepted a candidate filing for office of Commissioner, Pos. 1 that will appear on the May 19, 2020 Primary Election ballot.

On September 27, 2019 Carmen Rubio completed the process to appear on the ballot for the office of City of Portland Commissioner, Pos. No. 1 by nominating petition.

Completed candidate filings and other information for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election are available on the main City elections page.

New City Campaign Regulations in Effect

New campaign finance regulations approved by voters in the November 2018 Municipal General Election are now in effect for City elections. While portions of the regulations are undergoing validation in court proceedings, three main pieces of the regulation were upheld as valid and are applicable to candidates and campaigns in the 2020 Elections Cycle. 

These portions include: 

-Timely disclosure of financing for elections communications. Certain campaign communications that advocate for or against a City candidate must now include information on any Political Committees providing the ad, including names of individuals or other entities contributing to the Political Committee and their dominant backers. See the complete City Code requirements and guidance for more information. 

-Payroll deduction for political contributions. Public and private employers in the City must now allow employees to donate to Political Committees through payroll deduction if they allow similar post-tax deductions for other purposes. See guidance for more information. 

-Independent Expenditure registration. Entities making more than $750 in Independent Expenditures to support or oppose City candidates must register with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office as a Political Committee or Independent Expenditure filer and provide certain disclosures. 

More information, including background on the measure and validation proceeding updates can be found on the City's Elections website

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Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (06/26/19)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a measure referred by the Portland City Council to qualified voters at the November 5, 2019 Special Municipal Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on June 26, 2019.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M., July 8, 2019.

The ballot title is as follows:

BALLOT TITLE

CAPTION:

Amends Charter: Authorizes City participation in emergency mutual aid agreements.

QUESTION:

Shall Charter be amended to authorize emergency mutual aid agreements between the City and other government entities, tribes or utilities?

SUMMARY:

The measure amends the Charter by clarifying Council authority to enter into and fund mutual aid agreements to provide or receive emergency assistance between the City and other government entities, tribes or utilities following a significant natural disaster or other major disruption to water-related services. Mutual aid agreements permit emergency responders to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries when an emergency response exceeds local resources. Mutual aid agreements typically address the furnishing of personnel, equipment or expertise in a specific manner when an emergency occurs.

 More information can be found on the City Elections website. 

 

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (06/26/19)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a measure referred by the Portland City Council to qualified voters at the November 5, 2019 Special Municipal Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on June 26, 2019.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M., July 8, 2019.

The ballot title is as follows:

BALLOT TITLE

CAPTION:

Amends Charter: Increases protections for Bull Run Watershed.

QUESTION:

Shall Charter be amended to increase Bull Run Watershed protections by restricting access, regulating allowed activities and limiting land uses?

SUMMARY:

The measure adds a new Charter section establishing protections for City lands within the Bull Run Watershed Closure Area, the location of the City’s primary drinking water source and hydroelectric facilities. The Charter currently does not protect the Bull Run Watershed. The measure will codify watershed protections in the Charter and, if passed, the protections may only be removed by an affirmative vote of Portlanders. 

Protections include:

  • Public access restrictions
  • Tree-cutting prohibitions
  • Land use and activity limits
  • Drinking water or hydroelectric projects must avoid and then mitigate impacts to the natural environment

The Bull Run Watershed Closure Area includes the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit-– which is jointly managed by the City and the United States Forest Service-– and additional land to the west which is managed exclusively by the City. The Bull Run Watershed Closure Area is managed to provide high-quality drinking water for the Portland metropolitan area.

More information can be found on the City Elections website.