Vibemap's guide to dropping off your ballot in Portland

We've been inspired by Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other leaders who've been helping people to make a plan and show up to vote during the 2020 election. As you exercise your right to vote, consider coordinating your ballot drop-off with a day or afternoon of exploring the city and supporting local businesses. Below are our picks for the top 5 locations to drop-off your ballot in Portland and tips for what to do nearby. 

Important Notes:

Drop-off your ballot in North Portland at Green Zebra Grocery

If you’re looking to combine your grocery run with your ballot drop off, Green Zebra Grocery has you covered with a ballot drop off box located at the back of the store (they also are now carrying dumplings from Kachka! Yum!). Afterwards, walk over to Po’Shines for soul food and memorialize your day with a tourist style selfie with the classic Paul Bunyan Statue. End your outing by biking over to Cathedral Park for some people watching and an outdoor beer at Occidental Brewing

Drop-off your ballot in Northeast at the Albina Library

Recently relocated to 216 NE Knott St, the Albina Library Drop-off location offers a chance to check out 1 of only 6 Carnegie libraries in Portland. Admire the Spanish renaissance design and then kick off to get an election cut at Champion’s Barber Shop followed by a jerk chicken platter at Yaad’s Style Jamaican Cuisine and a cocktail at the award-winning Eem. Sit on the cabana and sip a Jesus & Tequila cocktail.

Drop-off your ballot in Northwest at the Northwest Library 

For a more adventurous, outdoor experience, drop-off your ballot at the Northwest Library and continue on to Forest Park for a hike in one of the largest urban forests in the country. When you head back you’ll be ready for tapas at Ataula before heading to Gassa for fancy takeout. Pro tip: If you vote early in October, you can head over to Chapman Elementary School to watch the thousands of Vaux’s swifts that roost in the chimney from late August to early October. 

Drop-off your ballot in Southwest at the Pioneer Courthouse Square

*The place to vote in Portland* What could feel more civic then to drop-off your ballot at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s living room? Take a moment afterwards to sit in the square and watch a city in motion. Afterwards, grab fancy Portland-made chocolates at Moonstruck Chocolates and round off your ballot-drop off day by going whiskey tasting at the Multnomah Whiskey Library where you can choose from over 1500 bottles from around the world. We recommend the Near or Far because a portion of the sale goes to Snack Bloc, an organization supplying food and resources at protests. Finally, head for a walk along Tom McCall Waterfront Park and sit by the river.

Drop-off your ballot in Southeast at the Multnomah County Election Office

The Portland Classic. Drop-off your ballot at the epicenter of all Multnomah County voting matters at 1 of 3 boxes located on site. Our suggestion? Use the walk/bike up slot on the corner of Morrison and 11th. Afterwards if it’s rainy, head to Afuri to pick up ramen followed by a coffee at Elevator Coffee. If it’s a nice day (fingers-crossed), grab an outdoor beer on the roof deck of Revolution Hall, the former Washington High School. Order a burger from downstairs at Martha’s and admire the 360 degree view of Portland. End your day with a walk to Colonel Summers Park

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