City Charter Reform

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The League strongly supports the City Charter reforms that voters passed in November 2022.  In 2024, we are working to ensure Portlanders know what to expect in the November 2024 election and in the new form of government starting in 2025.

Using Ranked Choice Voting in 2024

We know that new ways of voting can be confusing. Here is a fairly simple explanation:

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a system in which, instead of conducting two separate elections—a May Primary followed by a General Election in November—voters will rank their preferences among all the city candidates in November when voter turnout is higher than in the Primary and better reflects the diversity of Portland voters. 

First choice votes on a RCV ballot are counted first. If no one wins, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and their voters’ next ranked candidates are counted. This process continues until there is a clear winner. The big difference for the voter is that, instead of having to choose just one candidate, you will be able to express your preferences for up to 6 candidates, so that your vote will count even if your top choice is eliminated.

RCV will be used for Portland Mayor, Auditor, and City Council in November 2024. That’s why you won’t see of those offices on your May ballot. (There will still be a May Primary for county, state and national candidates.)

The League and other organizations will be giving extensive training on RCV prior to the November election.  Feel confident when you cast your ballot. Your vote is your voice and your voice matters!

Learn more about using ranked choice voting, by clicking here.

Why We Care

We in the League of Women Voters of Portland firmly believe these charter reforms will make Portland’s government and elections better. We want you to understand why we think these reforms will improve our city elections and government.  Read the Ten Reasons we supported Charter Reform here.

How We’re Speaking Out

Read our recent testimony about the implementation of the reforms here. We have been working hard to make sure the reforms are carried out appropriately as commissions decide district boundaries, set salary guidelines, and amend city code.

Want to Run for Office?

The City of Portland has released guidance for Portlanders interested in running for office in 2024 and information on the City Auditor’s Elections webpage.  In November 2024, Portland will be electing its Mayor, Auditor, and 12 City Council members.  Your city needs strong leadership – maybe that will include you!

Find Your District

You can find which district you’ll be voting in by visiting and entering your address. The information panel now includes City Council district numbers. Click on the words “City Council District”  to see which district you and your neighbors will be voting in. More information on the new districts is at the City of Portland transition webpage.

More to Come!

Over the coming year, we will add more information here to help you know how to use ranked choice voting, who is on your ballot, and how your new government works. Check back soon!

Resources and Further Reading

Many of our partners across Portland are helping educate the community about election and government changes ahead.

We joined with Portland United for Change to get the 2022 charter reforms passed.

Learn from the City of Portland about the government transition.

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