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Voters' Guide

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS    

VOTERS’ GUIDE


OREGON EDITION
VOLUME 45, NUMBER 1

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OREGON 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION

This Nonpartisan Voters’ Guide is published and provided free of charge by the League of Women Voters of Oregon. This is a FREE NONPARTISAN ELECTION REPORT for Oregon’s May 19th, 2020 Primary Election. More voting information is available on their website: lwvor.org/VOTEoregon. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

The Talking Book and Braille Library helped to pay for the audio Voters’ Guide below. Contact us at 800-452-0292 for more information. For a complete and updated League events list, visit Vote411.org.

Section 1: INTRODUCTION        
Section 2: COUNTY ELECTIONS PHONE LIST    
Section 3: CANDIDATES, US PRESIDENT        
Section 4: CANDIDATES, US SENATE        
Section 5: CANDIDATES, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1-2    
Section 6: CANDIDATES, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3-4    
Section 7: CANDIDATES, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5     
Section 8: CANDIDATES, ATTORNEY GENERAL    
Section 9: CANDIDATES, SECRETARY OF STATE    
Section 10: CANDIDATES, STATE TREASURER    
Section 11: CANDIDATES, JUDICIAL         
Section 12: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS        

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Qualified candidates for state-wide Oregon offices were invited to answer questions prepared by the League of Women Voters of Oregon. Candidate replies are read as received, free of edits. Elections officials must publicly provide candidate emails in order for the League to invite candidates to list with us. Those candidates who don’t respond or did not have emails available at time of publication, will be listed but cannot participate. Contact lwvor@lwvor.org for more information.
 
Candidates are listed in this guide by statewide primary races, including US President, US Senate, five Congressional Districts, State Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and statewide-elected judge positions for Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals. The League of Women Voters list candidates and political parties in the order they will appear on the ballot per ORS 254.155.

ONLINE

You can find your district, your ballot candidates, and measures in the League of Women Voters' voter resources web pages at lwvor.org/VOTEoregon. For your specific ballot choices, go to Vote411.org and enter your address.

WHO IS ON YOUR BALLOT?

In Oregon, candidates for offices of Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer or candidates to fill any vacant nonpartisan office that would not normally be on the ballot must file before the primary election, but, by law, they are included on the primary ballot only if three or more candidates file for the office. If less than three file, the contest is moved to the general election.

Political Party Ballots

The primary ballot you get depends on the party affiliation or abstention you chose when you registered to vote. Some Oregon primaries are closed. Only registered party members may vote in closed primaries. For example, Republican or Democratic party members only vote for their Republican or Democratic candidates in partisan races. They also vote in non-partisan races, including for judicial candidates.  

If you registered as a member of any other party, or if you are non-affiliated (not registered with any party), you will receive a ballot with candidates for nonpartisan races, such as Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and other nonpartisan city and county races depending on where you live.  

Parties other than Democrat and Republican conduct their own primary elections outside the state election process.  Note that, for this election, all non-affiliated voters are allowed to participate in the Independent Party’s primary.

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