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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:


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. 

Nov. 6, 2018 Municipal General Election Results Now Available

Certified elections results from the City of Portland's November 6, 2018 General Election are now available. Included are the abstract of votes from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties, City summary results, and the report to Council. The City voted on one run-off race for Commissioner, Pos. No. 3 with a term beginning January 1, 2019 and two ballot measures. 

Links to results: 

City summary results and quick facts (including turnout, registered voters)

Combined abstract of votes by precinct

Report to Council proclaiming candidate elected, measures passed

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (03/05/18)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on March 5, 2018.

The ballot title is as follows:

CAPTION

Imposes surcharge on certain retailers; funds clean energy, job training.

QUESTION

Shall large retailers (defined) pay 1% surcharge on Portland revenues to fund clean renewable energy projects, job training programs?

SUMMARY

Measure amends code to require large retailers in Portland (those with total revenue of over 1 billion dollars annually and Portland revenue of over $500,000 annually) to pay 1% surcharge on gross revenue from retail sales within Portland into a new Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund. Certain sales of groceries, medicine or drugs, and health care services are not included in gross revenue.

Funds can only be spent on:

Clean Energy Projects (approximately 50-75%): renewable energy, energy efficiency and green infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Energy not produced from fossil fuels, nuclear power or hydropower that potentially harms aquatic species
  • Heating, lighting, water and cooling efficiencies
  • Green building design
  • Urban tree canopy

Clean Energy Jobs Training (approximately 20-25%): training that prioritizes workforce development for disadvantaged workers, such as:

  • Communities of color
  • Women
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Chronically underemployed

Future Innovation (approximately 5%)

Accountability measures:

  • Resident committee makes funding recommendations, oversees progress on goals.
  • Annual financial audit; performance audit every two years.
  • Administrative costs cannot exceed 5%.

Other provisions.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2) (d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. 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. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

MARY HULL CABALLERO

Portland City Auditor

Prospective Initiative Petition Filed for Nov 6, 2018 Election (2/21/18)

A prospective petition intended for the November 6, 2018 General Election was filed with the City Elections Office on February 21, 2018.  The Auditor is reviewing the petition for constitutional requirements as required by state law. The initiative proposed text and status updates can be viewed on the Elections Initiative and Measure Status Log, here.