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.
The next election is the November 3, 2020 General Election
The League of Women Voters of Portland is offering voters both printed and online voters’ guides for the 2020 General Election. 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 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.
After you have filled out your ballot – Mail it or drop it off!
REMEMBER TO VOTE BY MAIL BY THE TUESDAY 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.
For most elections, the League also conducts one or more election forums.
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.
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
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