Voters Guide

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.



Click here to read online reports on the six local ballot measures on Multnomah County ballots in the November 5, 2019 Special Election. The same reports and other voting information are available on See below.

IMPORTANT DATES: To vote in the November 5 election, the registration deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 for voters who are not yet registered. Ballots must be mailed by Thursday October 31 or dropped off at an official 24-hour or library drop site by 8 pm on Election Day, November 5.

Personalized Vote411 Voting Guide

The League can create a custom guide for you! Go to and enter your residence address to see a Voters’ Guide with information about candidates and items on your ballot for the current election.

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More Information

For most elections, the League also conducts one or more election forums. For the November 5, 2019 election, we are presenting an informational program on October 21 about the four ballot measures on most Portland ballots. Recordings of that event will be posted on this website a few days later.

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.

Voters ‘ Guides for Previous Elections


The League produced a limited number of printed guides to the candidates for school boards and other special districts in Multnomah County. May 2019 Voters’ Guide


Copies of the Multnomah County Voters’ Guide (printed in English and Spanish-and with the Oregon guide enclosed) were available at all branches of the Multnomah County Library, Portland Community College libraries, Mt. Hood CC, Portland State University Library, Warner Pacific College Library, New Seasons Markets, Loaves and Fishes (Meals on Wheels) sites, the Multnomah County Elections Office, and many other places.

Click on the links below to view a pdf of each version of the General Election guides.

Nov. 2018 Oregon Voters’ Guide – English

Nov. 2018 Multnomah Voters’ Guide – English

Noviembre 2018 Guia del Votante – Oregon

Noviembre 2018 Guia del Votante – Multnomah

More 2018 General Election Information:

Nonpartisan Video Voters’  Guide – Candidate interviews
Recordings of Nonpartisan Voter Forums
2018 General Election Results
LWV Recommendations on Ballot Measures (Based on LWV Advocacy Positions)



For the January 2018 Special Election on the Measure 101, the Health Care Assessment, the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) has prepared a Voters’ Guide explaining the background of the measure and the reasons given by the supporter and opponents for voting “yes” or “no.” You can read that guide by clicking Measure 101 LWV Voters’ Guide.

Click on the links below to see electronic Voters’ Guides from earlier elections.

Other Past Voters’ Guides:

Past Forums

Speakers Bureau

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

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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 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