What Will Be On The Ballot For Oregon’s May 19th Primary Election?

Madalena Larkins 

The Charter News

5/7/20

Statewide primary and general elections happen every two years in Oregon, and the contents of Oregon’s May 19th  primary election ballots will vary, as voters will receive different ballots depending on how they’re registered to vote. 

The state of Oregon has closed primary elections, which means that those registered as a member of a political party will be able to vote for their nominee of choice for that party. Those registered as nonpartisan voters won’t be able to vote in any party’s nomination process, but will still be able to vote between all of the party nominees in the General election this November. People who aren’t registered won’t be able to vote for anyone or anything.

For Oregon’s May 19th primary election, on the ballot for all Oregon voters are nonpartisan offices, namely for the courts. There are two Oregon Supreme Court Justices up for re-election, Thomas A Balmer (Position 1) whose opponent is Van Pounds, and Martha Walters (Position 7) who doesn’t have an opponent. Positions 1, 11, 12, and 13 are up for re-election in the Oregon Court of Appeals, but only Position 11 has an opponent. In some districts there will also be District Court Judges up for re-election. 

Ballots may also include a few measures, and district specific offices that will vary by district.

Democratic ballots will additionally include: 

  • Democratic Presidential nominees— are still on the ballot although all candidates have dropped out of the race except Joseph Biden, leaving him as the presumptive nominee. 
  • United States Senate— Jeff Merkley, one of the Senators who represents Oregon, is up for re-election, but has no primary challengers.
  • United States House of Representatives– Oregon has four democratic Representatives in the House, Suzanne Bonimici, Peter Defazio, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader, all of whom are up for re-election, Oregon Democrats will be able to vote for one potential nominee from their district to face up against a Republican nominee in November.  
  • Oregon Secretary of State— voters have three potential democratic nominees to choose from: Mark D Hass, Jamie Mcleod-Skinner, and Shemia Fagan. 
  • State Treasurer— Incumbent Tobias Read faces no primary challengers. 
  • Oregon Attorney General– Incumbent Ellen Rosenblum is the only Democrat running. 
  • Oregon State Senate and House of Representatives– Depending on the district, Oregon State Senators and Representatives may or may not be up for re-election.

Republican ballots will additionally include:

  • Republican Presidential nominees– President Trump will almost certainly be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2020.
  • United States Senate– Four republican candidates, Paul Romero, John Verbeek, Robert Schwartz, Jo Rae Perkins, are competing for the Republican nomination, the nominee will go up against Incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. 
  • United States House of Representatives– Incumbent Republican Greg Walden (District 2) is up for re-election, in all other districts Republican voters will be able to vote for one potential nominee from their district to face up against the incumbent Democrat from that district in November. 
  • Oregon Secretary of State– Voters have two potential republican nominees to choose from: Kim Thatcher and Dave W Stauffer. 
  • State Treasurer— Jeff Gudman is the only Republican running.
  • Oregon Attorney General– Michael Cross is the only Republican on the ballot.
  • Oregon State Senate and House of Representatives– Depending on the district, Oregon State Senators and Representatives may or may not be up for re-election.

If none of the candidate choices are desirable to a voter, there’s always the option to write in a candidate of their choice, although, in most cases, doing so availeth little. 

Registered voters over the age of 18 should have received a ballot in the mail by May 6th for Oregon’s May 19th  primary election. Registered voters who have not received ballots, are asked to contact their local elections office. 

The deadline to register to vote in order to vote in this election was April 28th, 2020. In order to register to receive ballots for future Oregon elections, click here, then click “Register to Vote” on the left hand side. Any U.S. citizen and Oregon resident 16 years of age or older can register, but won’t receive any ballots until they’re at least 18 years of age.  

All ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. May 19, 2020 to be counted. Ballots can be mailed ahead of time (it’s recommended to mail them by May 14th to ensure they reach the elections office in time), or returned to an official drop box. Postage is no longer required to mail ballots. 

Sources: 

Clarno, Bev. “Online Voters’ Guide, 2020 Primary Election.” Voters’ pamphlet Oregon Primary Election May 19th, 2020.  http://oregonvotes.gov/voters-guide/english/votersguide.html#Voters’%20Guide%20Cover. Accessed 1 May 2020. 

“Election Year: 2020, Election: 2020 Primary Election, Office: Secretary of State, Party: Democrat.” Candidate search filings, Oregon Secretary of State, May 6 2020.  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfFilings.do Accessed 6 May 2020.

“Election Year: 2020, Election: 2020 Primary Election, Office: Attorney General, Party: Republican.” Candidate search filings, Oregon Secretary of State, May 6 2020.  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfFilings.do Accessed 6 May 2020.

“Election Year: 2020, Election: 2020 Primary Election, Office: Attorney General, Party: Democrat.” Candidate search filings, Oregon Secretary of State, May 6 2020.  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfFilings.do Accessed 6 May 2020.

“Election Year: 2020, Election: 2020 Primary Election, Office: State Treasurer, Party: Democrat.” Candidate search filings, Oregon Secretary of State, May 6 2020.  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfFilings.do Accessed 6 May 2020.

“Election Year: 2020, Election: 2020 Primary Election, Office: US Senator, Party: Republican.” Candidate search filings, Oregon Secretary of State, May 6 2020.  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cfFilings.do Accessed 6 May 2020.

“Oregon Senators, Representatives, and Maps of Congressional Districts.” govtrack. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OR Accessed 1 May 2020. 

“Official Primary Nonpartisan Ballot Clackamas County, Oregon. May 19, 2020.” 

“Official Precinct Commiteeperson  Ballot – Democratic Party Clackamas County, Oregon. May 19, 2020.”

 “Official Primary Nominating Ballot for the Democratic Party Clackamas County, Oregon. May 19, 2020.”

“Republican Party primaries in Oregon, 2020.” Ballotpedia, May 2020. https://ballotpedia.org/Republican_Party_primaries_in_Oregon,_2020 Accessed  6 May 2020. 

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