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City Elections Office: About us

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On this page, you will find information on the City Elections Office responsibilities and staff. The City Elections Office is housed in the Operations Management Division within the City Auditor's Office.
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What We Do

The City Elections Office Oversees and Administers...

The City Elections Office Also Provides General Guidance and Enforces...

Contact Us

By Email

By Phone

  • (503) 823-4022

In Person

The City Elections Office is located within the Auditor's first floor Office in City Hall. The Auditor's Office is open to the public for walk-ins Tuesday through Thursday and maintains business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To ensure City elections staff is available to assist you, we encourage you make an appointment in advance.

Schedule an Appointment (email)

Portland City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, Oregon 97204

Open to the Public:
Tuesday through Thursday (excluding City holidays)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who We Are

Elections and Special Projects Manager

Deborah Scroggin joined the Elections Office in July 2023. She directs a growing elections office that will implement a series of elections reforms in 2024, including: the use of ranked-choice voting, an expanded City Council, and Council member elections by geographic district. In addition to administering elections alongside county elections offices, the office conducts voter outreach, administers the lobbyist and political consultant registration program, and enforces campaign finance regulations.  

Deborah has a decade of elections administration experience at the state and local level, having previously served under two elected Auditors and a Secretary of State.  She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University and attended the University of Oregon for her bachelor’s degree. Deborah started her career in public service in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps helping impacted communities in the southeastern U.S. recover from hurricanes, deliver federal and local aid, and reconstruct homes and schools. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys volunteering in her community and entertaining her rescue animals.

Elections Officer

Louise Hansen joined the Elections Office as City Elections Officer in June 2020. She oversees campaign finance investigations, political consultant and lobbyist regulations, rulemaking, City petitions, and candidate filings. Louise came to the City after working as Civil Rights Division Intake & Support Manager for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Louise also previously worked as a Bilingual Civil Rights Investigator at BOLI. Prior to that, Louise clerked for the Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Louise holds a Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Environmental and Social Justice from the University of California - Santa Cruz. After law school, Louise remained active in the Oregon legal community by serving as Co-Secretary of the Oregon Women Lawyers Clackamas Chapter and most recently as Co-Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association.

Elections Analyst

James Eccles joined the Elections Office in 2023 as an Elections Analyst, and recently served as the Interim Elections Officer until Louise Hansen's return. Prior to working for the City of Portland, James worked for the Illinois State Board of Elections first in the Campaign Disclosure Division and most recently as a Special Assistant to the General Counsel. During his time in Illinois, James worked as a subject matter expert in election law broadly and campaign finance specifically. He managed a number of special projects while there including ballot certification, election code rewrites, and administrative rules updates. James has brought that expertise to the team here in Portland and has added an expertise in ranked-choice voting as the City looks to implement it's new election system.

James earned his Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy earned from Whitworth University right here in the Pacific Northwest where he was born and raised. Prior to attending university, James served 6 years in the United States Navy.

Elections Analyst

Tony Canales joined the Elections Office in 2023 as an Elections Analyst. He is responsible for candidate filings and education, elections investigations, lobbying registration program support, as well as coordinating elections materials and public information.

Tony graduated from Oregon State University where he earned a degree in History. Professionally, Tony dedicated 12 years working for Multnomah County Elections where he did everything from voter registration database management to ballot creation.


City Elections

City Elections Office

Louise Hansen

City Elections Officer