Prepare to Vote – 2018 Election Info!

Are you ready to Vote?  Find nonpartisan information on candidates & issues on Vote411.org.

VOTE411.org is an electronic online Voters’ Guide personalized for your ballot. Information from our printed Voters’ Guide and videos of our forums and interviews are included on Vote411.org

Enter your address to find information about the specific candidates and ballot measures that you will be voting on.

Printed nonpartisan Oregon & Multnomah County Voters’ Guides

Look for copies of the LWV voters’ guides in English and Spanish at all branches of the Multnomah County Library; the Multnomah County Elections Office; New Seasons and other stores; college, university and community college campuses; Gresham City Hall, churches, markets and many other locations.

Click on the links below to view a pdf of the English versions of the General Election guides. (Links to the Spanish guides are in the Informacion Electoral post above.)

Nov. 2018 Oregon Voters’ Guide – English

Nov. 2018 Multnomah Voters’ Guide – English

Video Voters’ Guide – recordings of candidate interviews

Click here to watch Video Voters’ Guide recordings of interviews with candidates running for office in Multnomah County. The Video Voters’ Guide recordings also are linked to candidate profiles on Vote411.org and will be shown on Comcast and Frontier channels.

The Video Voters’ Guide includes interviews of candidates for U.S. Congress, Governor, the Oregon State Legislature, Circuit Court, and Metro, County and City offices. Note that our Voters’ Guide and the Video Voters’ Guide have the statements and interviews of the candidates in the contested election for Judge of the Circuit Court, 4th District.

Election Forums

Recordings of our 2018 General Election forums can be viewed on this website. (Scroll down and click on the title of each debate in the lists below.) You also can see playbacks on Comcast and Frontier channels.  See the schedules for the playbacks by clicking here for the October 2 forum and here for the October 9 forum.

Candidate forums

Portland Commissioner Position 3, Candidate Debate – JoAnn Hardesty vs. Loretta Smith

Multnomah County Auditor Candidate Debate – In Partnership with City Club of Portland; Scott Learn vs. Jennifer McGuirk

Ballot measure Forums

Debate on Metro Measure 26-199, Metro affordable housing bonds, plus explanation of Oregon Measure 102, allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities.

Explanation of Oregon Measure 105 – Repeals law limiting state/local enforcement of federal immigration laws

Debate on Oregon Measure 103 – Prohibits taxes/fees for groceries

Debate on Measure 26-201 – Portland’s retailer surcharge for clean energy projects

Limited time? Watch key excerpts from the forums.

Portland Commissioner Position 3: Candidate Answers to 3 Questions + Closing Remarks

Multnomah County Auditor: Opening, Closing and Answers to 2 Questions

Metro Measure 26-199: Opening, Closing, Answers to 3 Questions

Portland Measure 26-201: Opening and Closing

Oregon Measure 103: Opening and Closing

Oregon Measure 102: Explanation

Sponsors for one or more of the Voter Services listed above are: Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, The Wyss Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Multnomah Bar Foundation, MetroEast Community Media, Vernier Software and Technology, Neil Kelly Company, Paloma Clothing, the Sara Frewing Fund, and LWV of Portland Education Fund.

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Juvenile Justice: What’s Needed?

Come hear the first of our Second Tuesday series of panel discussions: Juvenile Justice: Are we improving outcomes for youth?

When: Tuesday, September 11 at 7 PM

Where: the Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne, Portland.

Speakers:

Panelists include Kimberly McCullough, Policy Director for ACLU Oregon, Babak Zolfaghari-Azar, Family Care Manager, Community Healing Initiative Program, and DeAnna Horne, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. They will review the history and impacts of Measure 11 on the juvenile justice system

Measure 11 and the juvenile Justice System

According to Multnomah County information, “Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 11 in November 1994 to apply mandatory minimum prison sentences to certain crimes against persons …, with no possibility for any reduction in sentence, such as for good behavior. Measure 11 also mandates that juveniles age 15 and older, charged with the felonies…be tried as adults.

Panelists will tell the stories of youth who are impacted by the juvenile justice system and describe community responses that are shown to improve outcomes. The speakers will discuss legislative remedies that they believe would improve the juvenile justice system, and they will answer questions from the audience.

Getting there & hearing the program

The Multnomah County Building is easily accessed by public transportation, TriMet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, and the Portland Streetcar. If you drive, parking is available on the street.

The League of Women Voters Civic Education programs are free and open to the public.  MetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and streaming on this website, lwvpdx.org.  The Carol and Velma Saling Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Foundation provided grants to pay for the recordings

 

Watch candidates’ opening & closing statements

Short on time? Learn quickly about the candidates in the May 15 Primary by watching just their opening and closing statements. Then to learn more, watch the complete candidate forums for each office and hear the candidates’ answers to questions about the issues they would confront if elected. Please also take a look at how these candidates (and those who were not able to attend our forums) responded to questions in our Multnomah County Primary Election Voters’ Guide.  Check out our Video Voters’ Guide to hear from other candidates on your ballot.

Candidates for Multnomah County Commissioner District 2 – open & close

Candidates for Multnomah County Chair – open & close

Candidates for Multnomah County Auditor – open & close

Candidates for Metro Councilor Districts 2 & 4 – open & close

Candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position 2 – open & close 

Candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position 3 – open & close

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