Election day finally arrives
Tuesday is the last day to vote in the general election.
Ballots must be in the hands of elections officials by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters who haven't turned in ballots must drop them off at an election office or at a drop-off site. A list of locations is posted on this website.
Voters will elect a new Washington County board chair — Kathryn Harrington of Beaverton, a Metro Council member for 12 years, or Bob Terry of Hillsboro, a county commissioner for eight years — to succeed the retiring Andy Duyck.
All county voters will help decide who represents the 1st District in the U.S. House. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton who has held the seat since February 2012, faces Republican and Libertarian/Green Party opponents.
County voters within Metro boundaries will help decide Measure 26-199, which proposes a $652.8 million bond to pay for lower-cost housing.
Tigard and Tualatin voters will have the most at stake among the east Washington County cities.
Four candidates, including two sitting councilors and a former councilor, are seeking to succeed Tigard Mayor John Cook. Six candidates, including an incumbent, are running for two open council seats.
Two sitting councilors are running to succeed Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, who is barring by term limits from running again after 24 years. Four candidates are running for three council seats, but only one seat is contested.
Voters in the Tigard-Tualatin School District will decide on a five-year renewal of a local-option levy that pays for teachers. The levy in Measure 34-285, estimated at $1 per $1,000 of taxable property value, would start when the current levy ends in 2020-21.
Beaverton, King City and Sherwood also have candidates on the ballot, but there are no contests for municipal offices. The three Beaverton City Council candidates won majorities in the May 15 primary.
There are races for two Oregon Senate seats — one senator is unopposed — seven Oregon House seats, plus governor and five statewide ballot measures.