Prepare to Vote – 2018 Election Info!

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

VOTE411.org is an online Voters’ Guide that shows you the candidates and issues on your ballot. It includes everything in our Voters’ Guide and more. There are links to videos of our forums and of talks with the candidates.

Enter your address to find out about the 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 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 each candidate on Vote411.org.

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. There are even interviews with the two candidates in the  election for Judge of the Circuit Court, 4th District.

Election Forums

Watch the videos of our 2018 General Election forums. (Scroll down and click on the title of each debate in the lists below.) See the schedules for the playbacks on Comcast and Frontier channels 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 – Scott Learn vs. Jennifer McGuirk  (Presented with City Club of Portland)

Ballot measure Forums

Debate on Metro Measure 26-199, Metro affordable housing bonds, plus explanation of Oregon Measure 102, which 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

Short on time? Watch key parts of 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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Congratulations, Volunteer of the Year!

Volunteer of the Year Award:

Each year at our Local Convention, we recognize a volunteer who has done an outstanding job carrying out a project or projects that advance the mission of the League of Women Voters. The honored “volunteer of the year” is given a framed certificate, flowers and a standing ovation from the members.

Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year:

Voters’ Guide Editor and Nominating Committee Chair, Peggy Bengry, was named the 2017-18 Volunteer of the Year for the League of Women Voters of Portland!

Peggy joined the League of Women Voters of Portland in 2008, shortly after retiring from IBM as a software engineer. She became involved right away as a member of the LWV of Oregon 2008 study committee on Election Methods. She says she was delighted with the welcome she received and the talented, competent people she found in the League.

In 2010, Peggy agreed to be the editor for the LWV of Portland’s Multnomah County Voters’ Guide. She was the Voters’ Guide Editor for the 2010 Primary and General elections and the May 2011 and 2013 elections. In 2012, she was elected to the Portland League Board. From 2013 to 2017, she served as Voter Service Chair and Second Vice President, as well as Voters’ Guide editor.

In 2015 and 2016, when the Portland League lacked an elected president, Peggy was one of the three vice presidents who shared leadership of the League. Her role was to plan and conduct the board meetings. At the same time, Peggy co-chaired the 2015-16 LWVOR Election Methods Study Update and organized the Portland League’s November 2016 Civic Education Program on Election Methods. She also served on our Budget Committee.  She did all this while living in Yamhill and farming hazelnuts.  Although her board term ended a year ago, Peggy remains our 2018-19 Voters’ Guide Editor. She also chairs the Nominating Committee.

Clearly, Peggy is a responsible, dedicated and well-organized leader. She has done a great job spotting and recruiting talented League members to do each part of the important work of Voter Service. She is kind and generous, but also very competent and strong.

Peggy’s Volunteer of the Year Certificate said:

As Voter Service chair for four years and Voters’ Guide and VOTE411.org editor for every election cycle since 2010, Peggy Bengry has provided candidate and ballot measure information to tens of thousands of Oregon voters.  She offers discerning judgment, a collegial approach, an eye for detail and accuracy, and a great spirit.