PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Ballots for Oregon’s primary election have been mailed out, but you might be wondering if you’ll have to vote once more in a runoff election.
KOIN 6 News reached out to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office to find out if the Beaver State conducts primary runoff elections. Ben Morris, a communications director for the government office, said nonpartisan races do have runoff elections.
“An example would be the (Bureau of Labor and Industries) election in May,” said Morris. “In that contest, if no candidates gets 50% of the vote plus 1, it will go to a runoff in November.”
He added, “Partisan races (governor, congress, state legislature, and others) are different. In those contests, there is no runoff. The candidate with the most votes in the May Primary goes on to represent their party in the General Election.”
The primary is set for May 17.