Voters’ Guide

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.

Nonpartisan Voters’ Guides are in print and online. The content is also on

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

Haga clic aqui para leer en línea LA GUÍA DEL VOTANTE.

Information for the November 3, 2020 General Election

Where to find printed copies of the LWV Voters’ Guide

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, 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 Voting Guides


The League can create a custom guide for you! Go to 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 has information in both English and Spanish. The same information that is in our printed voters’ guides is also on the website. also has videos of the candidate interviews from our Video Voters’ Guide and videos that the candidates themselves add.

Video Voters’ Guide

Video clip from 2020 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 A link to videos of the voter forums for the current election is posted here.

Video clip from 2020 Video Voters’ Forum

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.

More Information

Speakers Bureau

Volunteers in our Speakers Bureau are trained to share well-researched, nonpartisan information.

To book a speaker contact us at or We can provide online speakers via Zoom. 

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 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

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