Nonpartisan, Balanced Election Information
The League of Women Voters of Portland prepares nonpartisan information for every local and statewide election. The next election will be a school board and special district election in May 2021.
The League’s Voters’ Guide in English and Spanish:
Before each election, the League prepares independent, nonpartisan voting guides to give voters reliable information about candidates and ballot measures. League members ask the candidates substantive questions and publish their unedited responses in the guide. League members also research the ballot measures by reviewing extensive information about each measure and interviewing the organizations in support and opposition. We work to keep all the information in each Voters’ Guide balanced and fair.
Look Here Soon for Guides to the May 2021 School Board/Special Districts Election
Information for the November 3, 2020 General Election
- Online PDF of LWV of Oregon 2020 General Election Voters’ Guide
- Online PDF of LWV of Portland Nov 2020 Multnomah Co. Voters’ Guide
- Click below to view our 2020 election videos on candidates and measures:
- Video Voters’ Forums (Portland Mayor & City Council, Metro District 5, Circuit Court, Oregon Secretary of State; measures on Parks Levy, Portland School Bonds, Police Oversight, Metro Transportation Funding)
- Video Voters’ Guide (Gresham Mayor & City Council, Lake Oswego Mayor & Councilor, Oregon State Representative Districts 36 & 47, U.S. Representative District 3)
- Click here for links to explanations of all the 2020 state and local ballot measures.
- Click here to read about candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative
- Click here to read about candidates for Oregon Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Attorney General
- Click here to read about candidates for Oregon State Senator and Oregon State Representative
- Click here to read about candidates for the Oregon and Multnomah Co. Courts
- Click here to read about candidates for Metro Council and Elected Offices in Multnomah Co. cities
- Click here to find information about candidates for the Multnomah Co. Soil & Water Conservation Districts.
The League of Women Voters of Portland is offering voters both printed and online voters’ guides for the 2020 General Election. They will be in both English and Spanish. In early October, printed guides will be available at the Multnomah County Elections Office at 1040 SE Morrison St., Portland (map), and at eleven Multnomah County New Seasons Grocery Stores. In addition, from October 12 through November 3, printed copies will be at the Voting Center Express at the Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham OR. The same information will be online on this website and on VOTE411.org, also in English and Spanish.
Check the November General Election page for detailed information. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 13, 2020. You can register on the Secretary of State’s website here.
Personalized Vote411.org Voting Guides
The League can create a custom guide for you! Go to Vote411.org and enter your residence address to see information about candidates and measures on your ballot for the current election. For this and many future elections Vote411.org has information in both English and Spanish. The same information that is in our printed voters’ guides is also on the Vote411.org website. Vote411.org also has videos of the candidate interviews from our Video Voters’ Guide and videos that the candidates themselves add.
Video Voters’ Guide
Our Video Voters’ Guide features eight- to ten-minute interviews with candidates, running for office in Primary, General or Special Elections in Multnomah County.
Videos of voter forums
For most elections, the League also conducts one or more election forums. These are recorded and the videos are posted on this website and on Vote411.org. A link to videos of the voter forums for the current election is posted here.
In a forum, all the candidates for each position or advocates on both sides of each ballot measure are invited to answer questions. The candidates and speakers for each position (or measure) are asked similar questions and their responses are timed, so that they all have the same opportunity to respond. Voters are able to compare the responses to judge the candidates or the reasons to support or oppose each ballot measure.
After you have filled out your ballot – Mail it or drop it off!
REMEMBER TO VOTE BY MAIL BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, THE WEEK BEFORE ELECTION DAY. THE POSTAGE IS FREE. You don’t need a stamp. Or drop off your ballot at official ballot dropsite by 8 PM Election Day.
Volunteers in our Speakers Bureau are trained to share well-researched, nonpartisan information.
Our speakers can address:
- Voter registration and the mechanics of voting. Our speakers can help your audience register (or update their registrations).
- Importance of voting and civic participation.
- Activities and history of the League of Women Voters.
- Local and state ballot measures (during election season). League speakers are trained to share balanced information that will help voters make informed choices on their ballots. Our presentations provide background information and discuss both pros and cons for each measure. For general elections, LWV speakers address between 20 and 40 groups of voters at churches, businesses, clubs and congregant living facilities.
- Any topic that the league has studied or taken a position on (see our web page “Where We Stand” under the Advocate tab above)
To schedule a League speaker for your group, please contact our office at 503-228-1675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Helpful details to provide when you contact us include:
- Your Name, Phone Number, Email
- Organization/Group name (and Website if you have one)
- Proposed date, time, and location
- Size of group (and any other notes about the potential audience you would like to provide.)
- Topic(s) of interest
How to Judge a Candidate
Voters ‘ Guides and Election Information for Previous Elections
AUGUST 2020 SPECIAL ELECTION: August 11 Special Election video and candidate statements
MAY 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION: May 19, 2o2o Primary Election Voters’ Guide and videos