Multnomah County, Ore. – Today is Election Day 2019! Your ballots are due today for this month’s election. In Oregon if you haven’t already mailed them in you must drop them off at a ballot box by 8pm tonight. In Washington you can still mail in your vote. It will be counted as long as it’s postmarked by today. Same-day voter registration took effect in July, which means eligible Washingtonians can register to vote by visiting their county elections office by 8 p.m. Election Day.
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Portland’s Morning News Previewed the 2019 Election with Political Expert Dr. Jim Moore from Pacific University
The regional government known as Metro wants you to approve a $475-million dollar parks and nature bond today. Metro says the money will be used to buy more natural areas, improve existing parks, and improve walking and biking trails. Metro manages the zoo, the dump and the convention center, among other things. KXL’s Mike Turner took an in-depth look at the Metro Bond Measure
Portland voters will be asked to decide on a property tax that would go into the general fund for Portland Public Schools. The levy on the November ballot, which generated $94 million for the current academic year, will expire later this year. If it passes, the tax would be extended for five more years. It would cost about 465-dollars a year for a home worth about $233,000. KXL’s Mike Turner took an in-depth look at the PPS Teacher’s Levy Measure.
Portland voters will decide on further protecting the city’s drinking water today. The measure would put current protections that regulate the Bull Run Watershed permanently into the City Charter. Which is like Portland’s Construction. Something only voters can approve. The protections would include: restricting public access on city lands around the Bull Run water. The idea is to keep the drinking water and the surrounding ecosystems safe.
The West Linn-Wilsonville has two measures on the ballot. One is a five-year property tax— of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed home value —to fund teaching positions. The second would raise $207 million to fund construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school. That would cost about $1.19 per $1,000.
Read more about other local measures in Oregon and Washington here from our News Partner KGW.