Note: For resources related to the lobbyist and political consultant programs, visit the lobbying resources page.
Elections Office Forms and Manuals
|The Candidate Filing Packet is a centralized document for prospective candidates that includes required state and City forms, campaign finance information, and important dates.|
|In lieu of a declaration fee, prospective candidates may file for office via nominating petition. To qualify for the ballot via nominating petition, prospective candidates must collect at least 100 valid signatures from registered voters in the City.|
|The City Initiative Petition Manual includes both state and City-specific requirements for getting an initiative on the ballot. This packet includes required forms, specific instructions, signature requirements, and City Code. It was last updated December 2020.|
|The City Referendum Petition Manual includes both state and City-specific requirements for the public to force an action by City Council to be placed on the ballot. This packet includes required forms, specific instructions, signature requirements, and City Code. It was last updated April 2019.|
|Secretary of State Recall Manual||The City has no regulations regarding recall elections or efforts. The state’s Local Recall Manual contains the applicable regulations for the process.|
Elections Charter, Code, and Auditor Administrative Rules
|Charter||Chapter 3: Nominations and Elections|
|Article I General Procedure||Outlines general election procedures such as timing for taking office, primary and general election procedures, and the establishment of nonpartisan elections in the City.|
|Article II Initiative, Referendum, and Recall||Establishes City powers of initiative, referendum and recall.|
|Article III Campaign Finance in Candidate Elections||Establishes campaign finance regulations for City elections, including contribution limits and disclosures of large contributors.|
|City Code||Title 2: Legislation & Elections|
|City Code 2.02 General Provisions||Outlines the general provisions for City elections, establishes the City Elections Officer, and establishes the applicability of state law for City elections.|
|City Code 2.04 Initiatives and Referendum Process||Establishes the procedure for submitting petitions to place initiatives and referendums on the ballot for voters. It also establishes the procedure for placing City-referred measures on the ballot for voters.|
|City Code 2.08 Nomination and Election of Candidates||Establishes City candidate qualifications, and the elections process with run-off elections, tie votes, and write-in candidates. It also prescribes the candidate withdrawal process, reaffirms the usage of nonpartisan elections for City offices, and establishes deference to state law for recall elections.|
|City Code 2.10 Campaign Finance in Candidate Elections||Implements campaign finance regulations for City elections, including contribution limits and disclosures of large contributors.|
|City Code 2.16 Open and Accountable Elections Program||The City Elections Office does not administer the City’s publicly financed matching program. For all questions related to Open and Accountable Elections, contactopenelections@portlandor….|
|ARAs||Auditor Administrative Rules: Campaign Finance|
|ARA 13.01 Purpose, Authority, and Construction||Establishes the purpose, authority, and construction for administrative rules related to the City's campaign finance regulations.|
|ARA 13.02 Definitions||Defines and clarifies terminology used in the campaign finance regulations.|
|ARA 13.03 Campaign Finance: Complaint Process||Creates the process for filing complaints alleging violations of the campaign finance regulations.|
|ARA 13.04 Campaign Finance: Disclosure Requirements||Clarifies the campaign finance regulation's disclosure requirements for City candidate elections.|
|Administrative Rules||Additional Administrative Rules|
|ADM 2.01 Payment of Special Election Costs||Directs the City to specify the fund or funds bearing the cost of a special election|
The City Elections Office fields many questions from voters, candidates, City employees, and elected officials. For answers on questions related to City elections, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you are unable to find your question or for more immediate assistance, contact the City Elections Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office generally responds within two business days.
Campaign Finance Guidance
- View enforcement of lobbying and political consultant regulations that result in civil penalties.
- View all completed campaign finance investigations.
Resources for City Employees: Restrictions on Political Activities
City employees are restricted from engaging in certain political activities while on the job or acting in their official capacity. The City Elections Office has compiled a list of resources available for City employees. If you have further questions, please visit our Political Activities Section of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find an answer to your question, please contact the City Elections Office at email@example.com. Our office generally responds within two business days.
Other Jurisdiction Resources
The City Elections Office assists candidates and petitioners with the filing process, determines the number of signatures required for various City petitions, enforces the City’s campaign finance regulations, and enforces political activities for City employees. For any other questions related to elections, please refer to the County and State Elections Contact Information page to contact one of the various elections offices.