Opportunities for observation

Observers play an important role in the elections process and provide an objective review of the vote counting process. The public is welcome to observe. For more information about election observation, please contact us. Please note that documents below are PDF.

Learn more about observing elections in Multnomah County:


Most of the processes below occur during a 14-day window before Election day as ballots are returned and for about a week after Election day.

  • Public Test - Logic & accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment.
  • Signature verification
  • Ballot opening
  • Ballot enhancement
  • Ballot scanning
  • Ballot resolution and duplication

Room Descriptions