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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

Elections Trivia

1.   Since Portland voters first created the Commission form of government in 1913, how many times have they voted on changing our form of government?

City voters have rejected 8 attempts to change our form of government, most recently in 2007Learn more.

 2.  What is the record for the number of candidates running for one particular City office? 

Since 1936, the record number of candidates running for one City office is a tie for 23 candidates for Mayor at both the 2004 and 2012 Primary Elections. Learn more about other races with a high number of candidates.

 3.  What is the record for number of Mayoral Candidates?

The record for number of candidates on the ballot for Mayor was 23 in both the 2004 and 2012 Primary Elections. Prior to 2004, the record number of candidates on the ballot for Mayor was 17 candidates in 2002.  Learn more.

4.  Has a City elected official ever been successfully recalled from office?

Yes, twice, most recently in 1952. There have been 4 failed attempts to recall a City official since 1913.  Learn more.

5.  When was the last City referendum petition on the ballot?   

In 2013 there was a Citizen referendum petition of an Ordinance regarding fluoridation of the public drinking water supply.  Learn more.