Nonpartisan, Balanced Election Information
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.
After you have filled out your ballot – Mail it!
REMEMBER TO VOTE BY MAIL BY THURSDAY, MAY 14. THE POSTAGE IS FREE. You don’t need a stamp. Or drop it off at official ballot dropsite by 8 PM, Tuesday, May 19.
Personalized Vote411 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.
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.
May 19, 2020 Primary Election Voting Guides
The League is offering voters’ guides in print and online for the 2020 Primary Election. We have printed voters’ guides in both English and Spanish, featuring candidates’ answers to questions and explanations of the ballot measures that will be on Multnomah County ballots.
Below are links to the 2020 Oregon and Multnomah County Primary Election Voters’ Guide in English and in Spanish.
A limited number of print copies of the Primary Election Multnomah County & Oregon Voters’ Guide will be available at two locations for Multnomah County Elections.
- 1040 SE Morrison in Portland (after April 17) and
- the Gresham Voting Center Express (inside Multnomah County East Bldg.), 18480 Stark St. (after April 27 as this location is only open in election season).
League Volunteer Delivery – As long as supplies last, League volunteers will deliver print copies of the Voters’ Guide to homes, organizations, or congregate living facilities, for people who need the print versions. Contact the League at (503-228-1675 or email@example.com). Leave name, address, phone number and number of copies in English and/or Spanish. A volunteer who lives in the area will leave the Voters’ Guide(s) at the address and call that they have been delivered.
For this Primary Election, the League is also offering a Video Voters’ Guide. All candidates running for elected office in Multnomah County were invited to be interviewed. Sixty-six candidates accepted our invitation. Their interviews are posted here. We also added videos of interviews conducted by the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County for candidates also running in Multnomah County. These include the Secretary of State candidates and candidates running for the U.S. Congress.
Secretary of State Forums
The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County and the City Club of Central Oregon conducted and recorded the following forums for the candidates running for Oregon Secretary of State in the 2020 Democratic and Republican Primaries.
Guia del Votante
Haga cliC abajo para leer en línea la Guía del Votante.
Su voto es importante. Lea estas guías, ediciónes para el estado de Oregon y el condado de Multnomah, preparadas por La Liga de Mujeres Votantes. Allí se encuentra información no-partidaria sobre el pensamiento de los varios candidatos acerca de los intereses del votante. También, aclara las medidas de la papeleta con información no partidista sobre cada medida.
¿Cómo funciona el voto por correo?
Todas elecciones en Oregon son conducidas por la oficina electoral del condado. La oficina electoral envía las boletas por correo directamente a los votantes. Los votantes llenan sus boletas y luego las devuelven a la oficina electoral del condado por correo o las depositan en una caja de votación oficial.
Envíe su boleta en el sobre de devolución con franqueo gratuito antes del 14 de mayo de 2020.
O entregue su boleta en un sitio de entrega oficial o en una biblioteca antes de las 8:00 p. m. del día de las elecciones, el 19 de mayo de 2020.
¡Sea un votante!
How to Judge a Candidate
For most elections, the League also conducts one or more election forums. We are not conducting forums for the 2020 Primary Election, because of the pandemic. We hope to have some of the restrictions on public meetings lifted for the General Election.
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 the same 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.
Volunteers in our Speakers Bureau are trained to share well-researched, nonpartisan information.
To book a speaker contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our speakers can address:
- Voter registration and the mechanics of voting. Our speakers can help your audience register (or update their registrations) on the spot.
- 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 the November 2008 election, our volunteers spoke to over 950 people at 40 speaking engagements.
- 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 email@example.com. 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
Voters ‘ Guides and Election Information for Previous Elections
NOVEMBER 2019 SPECIAL ELECTION: November 5, 2019 measure reports and videos
MAY 2019 SPECIAL ELECTION VOTERS’ GUIDE: May 2019 Voters’ Guide
2018 GENERAL ELECTION VOTERS’ GUIDES and recorded information
- Nov. 2018 Oregon Voters’ Guide – English
- Nov. 2018 Multnomah Voters’ Guide – English
- Noviembre 2018 Guia del Votante – Oregon
- Noviembre 2018 Guia del Votante – Multnomah
2018 PRIMARY ELECTION VOTERS’ GUIDES
- Multnomah County Voters’ Guide (English)
- Multnomah County Voters’ Guide (Spanish) GUIA DEL VOTANTE EL CONDADO DE MULTNOMAH
- Oregon LWV Voters’ Guide (English) Statewide and federal candidates
- Oregon LWV Voters’ Guide (Spanish) GUIA DEL VOTANTE OREGON
MEASURE 101, SPECIAL ELECTION in JANUARY 2018
Other Past Voters’ Guides:
- Voters’ Guide in English and Spanish for the November 2016 elections
- Video guides to November 2016 elections
- May 2016 elections
- Video guides to May 2016 elections