Election History

There are four regularly scheduled elections every year. They occur on:

  • The second Tuesday in March
  • The third Tuesday in May
  • The third Tuesday in September
  • The first Tuesday, after the first Monday, in November

Whether an election is held depends on whether the local jurisdiction is putting something before the people to vote on.

For state races:

  • Primary elections are held in May, of even-numbered years, to select candidates for the general election.
  • General elections are held in November, of even-numbered years.
  • Special elections are held when a federal office becomes vacant, or when the Oregon Legislature schedules an election to vote on a ballot measure.

Oregon Statewide Election Results

November 4, 2014, General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Audio Voters' Guide

Guía del Elector en Línea para la Elección General 2014 (Spanish Online Voters' Guide)

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

May 20, 2014 Primary Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Audio Voters' Guide

Guía del Elector en Línea para la Elección Primaria 2014 (Spanish Online Voters' Guide)

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

November 8, 2011 Special Primary Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide (candidate statements)

Voters' Pamphlet: Democrat (PDF) | Republican​ (PDF)

Audio Voters' Guide

Guía del votante en español para la Elección Primaria Especial del 8 de noviembre de 2011​

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

November 6, 2007, Special Election

Voters' Guides

Voters' Guide ​

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

November 7, 2006 General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results​

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

May 16, 2006 Primary Election

Voters' Guides

Voters' Guide ​

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics

General Election November 2, 2004

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

Primary Election May 18, 2004

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

February 3, 2004 Special Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

September 16, 2003 Special Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics

Special Election January 28, 2003

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Turnout Statistics​

November 5, 2002 General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Official Voter Registration and Ballot Return Information​

September 17, 2002 Special Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Voter Registration and Participation Statistics​

May 21, 2002 Primary Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results​

Total Voter Registration and Participation

November 7, 2000 General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide​

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Voter Registration and Participation​

Primary Election May 16, 2000

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Total Voter Registration and Participation 

Voter Registration and Participation by Party​

November 2, 1999 Special Statewide Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Measures 68 through 75​

Election Participation Statistics​​​

November 3, 1998 General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Election Participation Statistics 

May 19, 1998 Biennial Primary Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Election Participation Statistics

November 4, 1997 Special Statewide Election

Voters' Guides

Voters' Guide​​

Voter Registration and Participation

Election Participation Statistics

Official Results

Measures 51 and 52

May 20, 1997 Special Statewide Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics

Official Results 

Measures 49 and 50​

November 5, 1996 General Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics​

Official Results: Federal Offices | Statewide Offices | State Legislative Offices | Nonpartisan | Statewide Measures​

May 21, 1996 Biennial Primary

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics ​

Official Results: Federal Offices | Statewide Offices | State Legislative Offices | Nonpartisan | Statewide Measures​

April 2, 1996 Special Congressional Primary

Voters' Guides

A Voters' Pamphlet was not published for this election.

Election Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics

Official Results​​

March 12, 1996 Presidential Primary

Voters' Guides

Voters' Pamphlet​

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics

Official Results​

January 30, 1996 Special U.S. Senate General

Voters' Guides

Voters' Pamphlet​

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics​

Official Results​

December 5, 1995 Special U.S. Senate Primary

Voters Guide

Voters' Pamphlet​

Elections Results and Statistics

Official Results​

 Election Participation Statistics​

Helpful links

Candidate Filings

Search for and view federal and state candidate filings in ORESTAR

Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance reporting for federal offices is done with the Federal Elections Commission ​

Campaign Finance reporting for State and Local offices is done through ORESTAR

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Timeline: Oregon
Vote-by-Mail​​

On Nov. 7, 2000, Oregon became the nation's first all vote-by-mail state. Here's how history was made.

1981 Oregon Legislature approves a test of vote-by-mail (VBM) for local elections.

1987 VBM made permanent; majority of counties use it for local/special elections.

June 1993 First special statewide election by mail; 39 percent voter turnout.
 
May 1995 Second special statewide election by mail; 44 percent turnout.

Spring/summer 1995 Legislature OKs proposal to expand VBM to primary and general elections. Governor vetoes the bill.
 
December 1995 Oregon becomes first state to conduct primary election totally by mail to nominate candidates to fill a vacancy in a federal office; 58 percent turnout.

January 1996 Oregon becomes first state to conduct general election totally by mail to fill a vacancy in a federal office, when it selects Sen. Ron Wyden to replace Sen. Bob Packwood; 66 percent turnout.

March 1996 Oregon holds country’s second VBM presidential primary; 58 percent turnout. (First VBM presidential primary was held by North Dakota, just weeks prior to Oregon.)

May 1997 Sixth special statewide election by mail; 42 percent turnout.
 
Spring/summer 1997 Oregon House of Representatives approves proposal to expand VBM to primary and general elections. The bill dies in a Senate committee. The Governor would've signed the bill into law.
 
November 1997  Seventh special statewide election by mail; 60 percent turnout.

May 1998 Primary election at the polls. Forty-one percent of registered voters in Oregon are permanent absentee voters. Overall, the state posts a record-low turnout of 35 percent. Absentee ballots represent nearly two-thirds of all ballots cast. Oregon becomes first state to have more ballots cast by mail than at the polls during a polling place election. Absentee voter turnout was 53 percent, compared to turnout at the polls of 22 percent.
 
June 1998 Supporters of expanding VBM to primary and general elections use the initiative process to put the issue on the November general election ballot. No paid signature gatherers were used to put the measure on the ballot – a first since 1994.
 
Nov. 3, 1998 Voters decide to expand VBM to primary and general elections, by a vote of 757,204 to 334,021.
 
Nov. 2, 1999 Eighth special statewide election by mail; 38 percent turnout.

May 2000 Presidential primary election VBM; 51 percent turnout.

November 2000 First VBM presidential general election; 79 percent turnout. First vote-by-mail guide (PDF).* 

May 2002 Primary election VBM; 46 percent turnout.

September 2002 Special election for two statewide measures VBM; 44 percent turnout.
 
November 2002 General election VBM; 69 percent turnout.
 
January 2003 Special election for a statewide measure VBM; 66 percent turnout.

September 2003 Special election for a statewide measure VBM; 35 percent turnout.
 
February 2004 Special election for a statewide measure VBM; 63 percent turnout.
 
May 2004 Presidential primary election VBM; 46 percent turnout.
 
November 2004 Presidential general election VBM. Voter registration exceeds 2 million, with 86 percent turnout.
 
May 2006 Primary election VBM; 38 percent turnout.
 
November 2006 General election VBM; 70 percent turnout.
 

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