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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Today is Primary Election Day 2022 in Oregon and Idaho: Be sure to vote!

May 17th is the sec­ond day of Fil­ing Week in Wash­ing­ton State, but in Ore­gon and Ida­ho, today is Pri­ma­ry Elec­tion Day, with much at stake.

Read­ers, if you live in the Beaver State or the Gem State, it’s very, very impor­tant you exer­cise your civic duty today and vote.

Midterm cycles are when both Ore­gon and Ida­ho hold their guber­na­to­r­i­al elec­tions in addi­tion to elec­tions for oth­er statewide posi­tions like Labor Com­mis­sion­er (in Ore­gon) and Attor­ney Gen­er­al (in Idaho).

Ore­gon and Ida­ho use pri­maries to allow vot­ers who wish to par­tic­i­pate in par­ty pol­i­tics to decide who should rep­re­sent the par­ty they’re aligned with on the state’s gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot for fed­er­al, state, and local positions.

Need to find a drop box to return your bal­lot? Here’s where to go if you live in Ore­gon. If you live in Ida­ho, use this link to look up your polling place.

Here’s some back­ground infor­ma­tion on each state’s nom­i­nat­ing event:



(Note that Ida­ho is not a uni­ver­sal vote-at-home state.)

Each state has sev­er­al note­wor­thy intra­party con­tests on the bal­lot that vot­ers will need to resolve. Here’s an overview of the Beaver State ones:

Among the hot races on Tuesday’s bal­lots: two open seats in Con­gress, cre­at­ed by the retire­ment of long­time Con­gress­man Peter DeFazio in the 4th Dis­trict and cre­ation of a new 6th Dis­trict due to pop­u­la­tion growth; a com­pet­i­tive race in the reshaped 5th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict; an open race for the Repub­li­can and Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tions for gov­er­nor; a super-heat­ed race between three can­di­dates for a seat on the Port­land City Coun­cil; races to decide the polit­i­cal bal­ance of the Clacka­mas Coun­ty Com­mis­sion; con­test­ed races for dis­trict attor­ney in both Wash­ing­ton and Mar­i­on coun­ties; unprece­dent­ed chal­lenges to the chair of the Wash­ing­ton Coun­ty Com­mis­sion and the pres­i­dent of region­al gov­ern­ment Metro; the race to become Mult­nom­ah County’s first new coun­ty com­mis­sion chair in eight years; and a big-mon­ey race for the open posi­tion of state labor com­mis­sion­er.

And the Gem State ones, where the action is exclu­sive­ly on the Repub­li­can side:

This year’s elec­tions in Ida­ho are among the most con­se­quen­tial in years. All statewide offices are up for elec­tion, includ­ing gov­er­nor, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, sec­re­tary of state, attor­ney gen­er­al and super­in­ten­dent of pub­lic instruc­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, all 105 seats in the Ida­ho Leg­is­la­ture are up for elec­tion this year.


Even though so many seats are up for elec­tion this year, that doesn’t mean every race on every pri­ma­ry elec­tion bal­lot is con­test­ed. Repub­li­cans have numer­ous con­test­ed statewide, con­gres­sion­al and leg­isla­tive races to decide today.

On the oth­er hand, Democ­rats aren’t run­ning can­di­dates in most leg­isla­tive races this year, and there are no con­test­ed Demo­c­ra­t­ic leg­isla­tive pri­ma­ry races.

Once the ini­tial results become avail­able tonight, we’ll share some com­men­tary and analy­sis here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Hap­py voting!

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