Get Your Ballot In!

Get your ballot to the Drop Site or pop it in the mail (does even need a stamp – just get in in time!). The deadline is 8PM May 18th.

It’s time to figure out who and what to vote for in the May 18 Specials Districts election.

Look for candidate interviews that are being held by The News-Review. Do a search on “candidates” on their main page to find the articles.

Register to Vote!

Special District Election

How do you make democracy work? VOTE!

Special District Election Day is May 18, 2021.

Douglas County, Oregon citizens will vote by mail for this coming Special District Election on May 18th.

  • Last day to register is April 27, 2021
  • Ballots will be mailed by April 4, 2021
  • Election Day is May 18 – must have ballots in by 8PM – postmarks do not count.

There are 277 candidates running for positions in 87 districts ranging from school boards, fire, water and sanitary districts, parks and recreation, the Port of Umpqua, and a library district.

See the Douglas County Elections department list of candidates.

See current ballot measures.

More information on the Douglas County Elections website.

Make Your Voice Heard!

You Should Know

The following is from the latest Legislative Report by the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR). The League’s Action Team is monitoring the goings-on at the Capitol. The Legislature is in session now until June 28, 2021.

On Thursday, February 25th all the Republican Senators did NOT show up for the floor session. There is conflicting wording on exactly what this is called – some including the media have called it a “walkout” and others a “denial of a quorum” to protest the Governor not reopening schools. They claim that the rest of legislative business continued as normal, so arguably it was not a walkout. Either way, these Senators were not at work and did not have excused absences. No one is sure whether this will become the norm or this will be the only time it happens this session. If this was one of your Senators let them know whether you agree or disagree with their actions.


Make your Voice Heard – Testify Virtually:

This past year was the year of the decennial census and now it is time for redistricting reapportionment. The House and Senate Redistricting Committees started a series of meetings on March 9 to take public testimony on the redistricting process. This is usually a road show, however because of the pandemic this will also be done virtually. It is important that we tell our Legislators that we want these new districts to meet all the criteria outlined by law, that there be no gerrymandering and that all districts are equal and fair. The League will be testifying, however it is important that all of you also testify as individual Oregon residents/voters. See for more information and all the details.
Paula Krane, Access Coordinator

Read League of Women Voters of Oregon testimony here.

Stop Voter Suppression

Here’s another really good thing the League does –> the whole organization across the country stands up for stopping voter suppression. And the League invites everyone to join in.

Across the country are attempts in legislatures to nullify voters. Disgusting! Instead we should be enabling voters. That’s what democracy is about. We stand to lose everything if we allow this to go on.

Join with the League now to help stop voter suppression. Check out this link:

Find out what your Oregon Legislature is up to. Read the weekly League’s Legislative Reports. Scroll down to see the latest report by subject matter.

Redistricting Webinar

Nonprofit Votes is offering a free webinar about Redistricting and the Role of Nonprofits on

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at 11AM PT


‘Redistricting: What it means and the role of Nonprofits,’ the goal is to demystify redistricting, and share some of those engagement strategies. Joining us will be guest speaker, Professor Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School, whose website ‘All About Redistricting‘ is an indispensable resource for understanding how the process works in each state. Additional speakers from nonprofit organizations like yours will be announced at a later date.

Following this webinar, all RSVPs will receive the slides and recording in an email.

Special 4 Week Series Opens

Special 4 Week Series Opens
Feb 3rd at 2pm
Black Lives Matter
White Privilege Needs Exploration

This series of Open Discussions, Videos, Guest Speakers, Panels, Book Discussions, Guest Presenters and opportunities for reflective moments is convened by Lillene Fifield. Plan your calendar at 2pm for Feb 3, 10, 17, 24th.

Together We Will Examine the Ways Anti-Blackness Shows Up. For your participation to be most meaningful, videos and additional materials are available on YouTube for you to explore before attending each Session.

Coming February 3rd 2021 at 2pm – 3:30pm – What is White Privilege? 

We welcome you to share from the heart and engage in open dialogue so that we may learn together. 

Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link at 2pm on Feb 3rd at 2pm.

Coming up:

  • Feb 10 – The Talk – Fathers To Sons Over Generations/Mothers And Grandmothers        Raising Black Children
  • Feb 17 – Truth-Telling:  Examining The Ways Anti-Blackness Just Shows Up 
  • Feb 24 – What Part To Play In Abolishing Racism; Creating A Safe And Conscious Community. 

Provided by the Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation

U.S. Constitution Workshop

The U.S. Constitution Workshop on Feb. 4th is full. Thank you for registering.

If you were unable to register in time and would like to be on a waiting list for the next workshop on the U.S. Constitution, email us.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 that will contain a personalized direct link to the virtual class on Feb. 4 at 6PM.

This workshop will look at the Constitution’s creation and its structural limitations, and trace major changes to its interpretation. We will puncture some myths and develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully. 

Our democracy is strengthened when citizens have accurate and non-partisan civic knowledge.

Donna L. Cohen, M.L.I.S, M.Ed. 
Teacher and Librarian 
Portland 503-737-1425

If you have questions, please email us at