Nonpartisan, Balanced Election Information
The League of Women Voters of Portland prepares nonpartisan information for every local and statewide election. The most recent election was a school board and special district election in May 2021. We did not have a printed voters’ guide for this election, but we had a lot of online information about the candidates and a Multnomah County measure. Ballots were sent to voters beginning April 28, 2021.
We posted links to videos and written information on our May 2021 School Board/Special Districts Election web page.
For Primary and General Elections in even-numbered years, the League produces a printed Voters’ Guide in English and Spanish:
Before all Multnomah County elections, the Portland League prepares independent, nonpartisan online and/or printed 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
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. You can view the May 2021 Video Voters’ Guide here.
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 the video of the Portland School Board forum for the May 2021 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 A 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 Other Previous Elections
NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION: November General Election page with candidate and measure information
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