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Data-rich maps show Portland’s strengths and challenges  

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Data Map: Turnout in 2020 General Election Portland
Data can sharpen the understanding of the unique strengths and challenges in our neighborhoods, for example, low voter turnout. To help amplify voter education, community organizations can apply for grants in the coming weeks.
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Last month, Civic Life completed a two-year project with Portland State University to develop data-rich profiles by neighborhoods (and soon, by district)! In 2022, Civic Life/PSU shared 95 preliminary neighborhood profiles as PDFs and asked for community feedback to help improve the final profiles and create this interactive data map.

The map displays information like:

  • How your neighborhood has grown since 2010.
  • What percentage of people speak a language other than English in your neighborhood.
  • How many residents in your neighborhood are rent burdened.
  • How many new housing units were added to your neighborhood.

The most interesting data in an election year is about voter turnout

As shown in the map above, District 1 has one of the largest and most diverse populations in Portland, but communities within it have the lowest voter turnout. This historical and ongoing challenge is part of the reason why the Government Transition Advisory Committee and the transition team work to ensure their engagement reaches communities who havebeen left out of civic decision-making processes, including East Portland.  

2010 and 2020 demographic and socioeconomic data from a variety of sources are now available by Portland's new voting district: 

The City will soon announce a grant opportunity related to voter education

The City of Portland Transition Team is focused on developing a robust, non-partisan, multilingual and accessible voter education campaign on the City’s new election methods and form of government. The City’s voter education campaign aims to eliminate barriers to civic participation by promoting inclusivity and ensuring that every voter, regardless of background or circumstance, has access to the information and resources needed to exercise their right to vote.

One component of its voter education approach is providing grants to community partners to expand our voter education efforts in communities the City has traditionally had a hard time reaching. A grant application process will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Grant information and more will be available on www.portland.gov/vote2024, the City of Portland’s new voter education website.