Newly designed ballot packets coming in the mail for the November 7, 2023 Special Election

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Oct. 18, 2023 – Clackamas County voters in select cities and jurisdictions have a special election on Nov. 7, 2023. This is not a county-wide election. Only voters that reside in the cities of Gladstone, Molalla, or West Linn; the Aurora, Hoodland, or Riverdale fire districts, or the North Clackamas, Silver Falls, or West Linn-Wilsonville school districts will be mailed a ballot for this special election.  

The City of West Linn, Councilor and City of Gladstone, Councilor, Position 4 contests are both to complete an unexpired 4-year term of office. The elected candidates for both the City of West Linn, Councilor and City of Gladstone, Councilor, Position 4 positions will serve the remainder of 4-year terms ending on December 31, 2024.  

Ballots are mailed to voters beginning today, Wednesday, Oct. 18. Eligible voters should look for their ballot to arrive in a newly designed, larger, 6-by-9-inch ballot packet. Voters will see a brightly colored outer ballot envelope with the "Official Election Mail" logo.  

You’ll also notice that the ballot packet no longer contains an optional secrecy sleeve. That is because it does not need one. Instead, a secure privacy weave has been printed onto your Official Ballot Return Envelope. When your ballot is placed into the envelope, the privacy weave prevents anyone from seeing how you voted. This change has been approved by both the Secretary of State’s Office and the United States Postal Service and reflects best practices of other large counties in Vote-by-Mail states including Washington, Oregon, and Utah. This also reflects best practices of financial institutions to protect your information.  

Voters can now know exactly when this new ballot packet is in the mail to them. Track Your Ballot is a new service that allows voters to follow their ballot from mailed to accepted. This is an opt-in service that will alert voters via text, phone, or email. Sign up to know when your ballot is mailed to you. After you vote and return your ballot, you’ll be alerted when it has been accepted for counting. It adds transparency, responsiveness, and security to our local elections processes. If you forget to sign your ballot envelope, or your signature does not match, we will notify you through the system, in addition to the required mailed letter. With Track Your Ballot you can take action that much sooner to ensure your vote can be counted. Your vote remains confidential. Sign up online at  

Once voted, ballots can be mailed back with a valid postmark or returned to an official ballot drop site by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7, 2023. No postage is needed. Clackamas County Elections will have 18 official ballot drop sites open so that voters who have an election can return their voted ballot to their nearby drop site. There have been a few changes to official ballot drop box locations, including:  

The Milwaukie City Hall has moved a few blocks north and the official ballot drop site has moved with it to 10501 SE Main Street in Milwaukie.  

The Happy Valley Library is undergoing construction and the official ballot drop box will be available inside the library during open hours. The nearest 24-hour drive up official ballot drop site is located at the Happy Valley City Hall at 16000 SE Misty Drive in Happy Valley.  

 Those sites marked with an asterisk have drive-up ballot drop access.  


  • Canby Civic Building, 222 NE 2nd Ave.  
  • Canby – Arneson Garden*, 249 S Sequoia Parkway  


  • Damascus Square*, 19830-20000 SE Hwy 212  


  • Gladstone Civic Center, 18505 Portland Ave.  

Happy Valley  

  • Happy Valley City Hall*, 16000 SE Misty Dr.  
  • Happy Valley Library, 13793 SE Sieben Park Way (INSIDE LIBRARY - Located inside during construction and available during library hours: Sun. & Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue., Wed. & Thu. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.& Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)  

Lake Oswego  

  • Lake Oswego City Hall*, 380 A Ave.  
  • Lake Oswego – Westlake Park*, 14165 Bunick Dr.  

Milwaukie / Oak Lodge  

  • Clackamas Community College – Harmony Campus, 7738 SE Harmony Road  
  • Milwaukie City Hall, 10501 SE Main St. (NEW LOCATION – Box has been moved to new City Hall) 
  • Milwaukie Public Safety Building, 3200 SE Harrison St.  
  • Oak Lodge Library, 16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd.  


  • Molalla Public Library*, 201 E 5th St.  

Oregon City  

  • Clackamas County Elections / County Clerk’s Office*, 1710 Red Soils Court  


  • Hoodland Public Library, 24525 E Welches Road  

West Linn  

  • West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road  
  • West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St.  


  • Wilsonville City Hall*, 29799 Town Center Loop E  

More information about the election can be found on the county’s November 7, 2023 Special Election webpage at