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 5, 2002 General Election

Candidate Filings

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide 

Guía del Elector en español, en línea

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

Candidate Filings

Candidate List​

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results​

Total Voter Registration and Participation

November 7, 2000 General Election

Candidate Filings

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide​

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Voter Registration and Participation​

Primary Election May 16, 2000

Candidate Filings

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Total Voter Registration and Participation 

Voter Registration and Participation by Party​

November 3, 1998 General Election

Candidate Filings

Candidate list

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results

Total Voter Registration and Participation 

Voter Registration and Participation by Party

May 19, 1998 Biennial Primary Election

Candidate Filings

Candidate list

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Election Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Total Voter Registration and Participation

Voter Registration and Participation by Party​

November 4, 1997 Special Statewide Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide​

Voter Registration and Participation

Official Election Participation Statistics

Official Results

Measure 51

Measure 52

May 20, 1997 Special Statewide Election

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Measure Text

Measure 49

Measure 50

Elections Results and Statistics

Voter Registration and Participation 

Official Election Participation Statistics

Election Participation by Party

Official Results 

Measure 49 

Measure 50​

November 5, 1996 General Election

Official Candidate Lists

Federal offices 

State Senate office 

Statewide offices

State Representative offices 

Nonpartisan offices

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics

Election Participation by Party

Official Results

May 21, 1996 Biennial Primary

Official Candidate Lists

Federal offices 

Statewide offices 

State Representative offices 

State Senate offices 

Non partisan offices

Voters' Guides

Online Voters' Guide

Elections Results and Statistics

Election Participation Statistics ​

Election Participation by Party 

Official Results 

Election Costs and Participation

April 2, 1996 Special Congressional Primary

Official Candidate Lists

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

A Voters' Pamphlet was not published for this election.

Election Results and Statistics

Voter Registration and Participation

Official Results​

March 12, 1996 Presidential Primary

Candidate Filings

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

Voters' Pamphlet

Elections Results and Statistics

County Participation Summary

Participation by Party Affiliation 

Democratic Results 

Republican Results​

January 30, 1996 Special U.S. Senate General

Candidates Filings

Candidate List

Voters' Guides

Voters' Pamphlet

Elections Results and Statistics

Official Results 

Costs and Participation 

Voter Registration and Participation​

December 5, 1995 Special U.S. Senate Primary

Voters Guide

Voters' Pamphlet

Elections Results and Statistics

Official Results

Costs and Participation

 Voter Registration and Participation​

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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