Special Election for West Linn Councilors slated for March 14

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On March 14, 2023, a special election will be held for two councilor positions serving the city of West Linn.

While the election was originally scheduled for November 2022 – and appeared on the ballot at that time – an error found in the voting instructions in October prompted the Secretary of State to direct Clackamas County to not tally any results for the West Linn City Council contest and to conduct a special election for that contest in March 2023 using the correct ballot instructions.

The March 14, 2023 Special Election is being conducted exactly as it would have been in November, with the same filed candidates and the same candidate statements in the Voters’ Pamphlet. Only registered voters who live within the city limits of West Linn will receive a ballot.

Dates and deadlines

For new Oregon residents, Feb. 21 is the Voter Registration Deadline for the March 14, 2023 Special Election. You can register to vote or update your information at www.oregonvotes.gov.

For residents already registered to vote, the Clackamas County Clerk’s office recommends taking a moment to check that your address and name are up to date by visiting www.oregonvotes.gov. If you will be away from home during the election you can request an absentee ballot online at www.clackamas.us/how-to-vote.  

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters in West Linn beginning on Feb. 22. Opening that day are three official ballot drop boxes for this election:

  • West Linn City Hall
    22500 Salamo Road
    West Linn, OR 97068
  • West Linn Public Library
    1595 Burns St.
    West Linn, OR 97068
  • Clackamas County Elections
    1710 Red Soils Court, Suite 100
    Oregon City, OR 97045

The official ballot drop boxes will be open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day, March 14, 2023. Ballots must be put in an official ballot drop box, or mailed (with a valid postmark) by that time.

Public logic and accuracy tests will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 14 at 9 a.m., and Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m.A logic and accuracy test is the process used to validate that the optical ballot scanners are tabulating votes accurately. Election officials are required to test the voting machines three times for each election – twice before the election and again after all the ballots are counted. The public is welcome to observe this process.

Further information about the election can be found on the county Election Division’s March 14, 2023 Special Election webpage at bit.ly/ClackCoMarch2023Election.  

Media Contacts

Name: Catherine McMullen, County Clerk
Email: CatherineMcMullen@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-722-6086

Name: And Burke Jones, Elections Manager
Email: ajones@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-655-8510

Name: Dylan Blaylock, Public and Government Affairs
Email: pio@clackamas.us
Phone: 503-278-6841