Today is the deadline to vote in the special election for the primary for Portland City Commissioner Position #4 and for State Ballot Measures #19 and 20. This Special Election is likely to have a low voter turn-out. That means that each ballot that IS cast has the potential to have a greater influence on the outcome than usual.
To participate in today's election, voters in Multnomah County must turn in their ballots at the Elections Office, a Multnomah County library branch, or at another Ballot Drop-off Location, by 8:00 P.M. The following address will take you directly to the page of the Multnomah County Elections Division website that lists BALLOT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS, including library branches: http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/dss/elections/2002-09/vp/drop_sites.html
Searching Portland Indymedia's archives (using keywords such as "elections" and "Portland City Commissioner") found articles on only one of the 16 candidates on the ballot. That is Christian Gunther. (The easiest way to access the most complete list of those articles is by going to the upper right corner of the Portland Indymedia's homepage, typing in his name, and clicking the gray Search box. The most noteworthy articles seem to be the ones by "Xena" and by "Dora".)
In the opinion of this writer, other candidates worthy of consideration include Clifford Walker, Liz Callison, and Jon Myers. Several candidates have websites that can be accessed via links at the City of Portland's online election info.
For a COMPLETE LIST of all 16 PORTLAND CITY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES (including the five candidates that don't appear in the voters' pamphlet) and available links to CANDIDATES' WEBSITES, go to http://www.ci.portland.or.us/auditor/elections/2002/candidateregister.htm
Also on the ballot are two statewide measures, both referred to the electorate by the State Legislature during its third Special Session. Ballot Measure 19 would amend the Oregon Constitution to make changes regarding the education endowment fund. Ballot Measure 20 would increase the state cigarette tax to benefit the Oregon Health Plan and other programs. The most complete online information on these measures - including the full text, and pro and con arguments about each of them - is probably the STATE VOTERS' PAMPHLET pages at http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/sep172002/guide/meas.htm
Here are other webpages that may be useful to the curious, or perplexed, last day voter:
For the Multnomah County Elections Division "site index" go to http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/dss/elections/index_ue.html
To see a sample ballot for the City of Portland, go to
For the City of Portland Elections Home Page, go to http://www.ci.portland.or.us/auditor/election.htm