The City Recorder and staff coordinate and administer the City’s municipal election activities including receiving filings from candidates for the positions of mayor, councilor and Eugene Water and Electric Board. The Recorder’s Office processes initiative, referendum and recall petitions. The City Recorder prepares elections schedules, files measures for the ballot and certifies the final election results. A Eugene voters’ pamphlet is published for elections with city measures on the ballot and includes information on city measures and candidates. Information concerning the Eugene Water and Electric Board and School District elections also may be included.

General information about election processes is available in Chapter 2 of the Eugene Code.

Notice of Prospective Referendum Petition Filed

City of Eugene

A Prospective Referendum Petition was filed with the City Recorder’s Office on February 9, 2023, regarding Ordinance Number 20681, an ordinance prohibiting fossil fuel infrastructure in new low-rise residential buildings.

Notice of Ballot Title

Timeline of Events

  • March 9, 2023 - Chief petitioner submitted petition sheets to the City of Eugene. 
  • March 15, 2023 - Lane County completed signature verification.
  • March 16, 2023 - Eugene City Recorder certified petition.
    • Due to the timing of certification the next available regular election date is November 7, 2023.

Notice of Prospective Initiative Petition Filed

City of Eugene

A Prospective Initiative Petition was filed with the City Recorder's Office on April 28, 2023, regarding STAR Voting and a Eugene Charter amendment that changes the method for electing mayor and city councilors. For more information, please see the proposed charter amendments and notice of ballot title.

Proposed Charter Amendments - STAR Voting

Final Ballot Title

Timeline of Events

  • April 28, 2023 - Chief petitioners submitted prospective initiative petition.
  • May 5, 2023 - Ballot title delivered to City Recorder.
  • May 16, 2023 - Ballot title appeal period ends.
  • May 23, 2023 - City Recorder's Office approved circulation of cover and signature sheets.

Notice of Election
City of Eugene

A special election will be held in the City of Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday,  May 16, 2023, and will be conducted by Lane County Elections in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes. This election is called for the purpose of voting on the following candidates and measure of the City of Eugene:


This election is called for the purpose of voting for a Ward 7 City Councilor to complete the remainder of the current term. The person who receives more than 50 percent of the vote at this special election will be sworn in on July 1, 2023, and serve until January 2025.

The following candidates have completed the filing process for City Council Ward 7 and will be included on the May 16, 2023, special election ballot: 

  • Janet Ayres
  • Lyndsie Leech
  • Barbie Walker

View the list of candidates that have filed.


On February 13, 2023, the Eugene City Council passed Resolution No. 5372,  a resolution calling a city election on May 16, 2023, for the purpose of referring to the legal electors authorizing a five year local option levy for parks and recreation. 

Ballot Title

Five-Year Parks and Recreation Operations and Maintenance Local Option Levy

Ballot Measure 20-343

Voters' Pamphlet

Printed copies of the May 2023 Voters' Pamphlet will be mailed out to City residents on 4/21. Extra copies will be available by 4/28 at the Eugene Public Library (downtown), the Atrium building, and the City Manager's Office.

May 16, 2023 Special Election Voters' Pamphlet