Election 2020

Play the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet Scavenger Hunt!

Can you find these items in that 120-pager that just dropped?

By Margaret Seiler October 12, 2020

The Voters' Pamphlet can be equal parts democracy and entertainment.

You’re sick of crosswords. Your eyes automatically unscramble the scramble. You’ve sudokued your last sudoku. What’s next? Well, if your household happens to include a “residential customer” of the US Postal Service in Multnomah County, you should already have the 2020 general election Voters’ Pamphlet in hand. (The volume with state and federal offices ships separately—find both here.) With more than half its pages taken up by ballot measures and often repetitive arguments in favor or against, it’s a drier read than the juicy, personality-packed primary election version from last spring, but it's the perfect opportunity to play the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet Scavenger Hunt!

How many can you find?

  • A candidate who worked at Tad’s Chicken ’n Dumplins
  • The locations of the two (!) new or relocated ballot drop boxes in North Portland
  • A candidate who might have thought this was a dating profile: “I am quick-witted, even-keeled, intelligent and kind.”
  • The government body that attracts the most farmers as candidates
  • A candidate who shares a name with America’s least favorite sportscaster
  • The Somali word for library
  • The candidate who “will bring back bone ... to stabilize Gresham.” (Did someone make Gresham’s bones disappear, like Gilderoy Lockhart did to Harry Potter in Chamber of Secrets?)
  • An argument in favor of a measure that’s really against it. Hey, kids, it’s satire!
  • A candidate who confused “occupational background” with “all the awards I’ve won.” I guess maybe some are plaques that technically occupy the background in Zoom calls?
  • The person who furnished arguments in opposition to the most measures
  • The person who furnished the most arguments in opposition (28!) to a single measure
  • The Vietnamese term for movie theater

Did you find them all? Congratulations! Still looking? That’s OK. Even if you couldn’t find a single item in this scavenger hunt, you’re still ready for the next level of game play, which is watching for your ballot in the mail, actually filling it out, signing the outer envelope, and getting it into an official ballot box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. That's a win for all. You can also mail it in, but give yourself at least a seven-day buffer and mail it no later than October 27. (Editor’s note: we had originally suggested the usual five-day buffer, but a county rep reached out to say they’re asking for an even longer mailing window now.) If you need help, check with your county elections office; find information for Multnomah here or call 503-988-VOTE.