If you haven't filled out your ballot for Oregon's May primary election, be an informed voter and read these revealing articles from the Mercury! (There are definitely some shenanigans going on. 👀) Don't forget, your ballot must be dropped off or postmarked by this coming Tuesday, May 21.

What Multnomah County Voters Could Learn From Others Who Ousted Progressive DAs

One of the spiciest campaigns is the battle for Multnomah County District Attorney between current DA Mike Schmidt and his "tough on crime" opponent, Nathan Vasquez. And while voters’ fears over crime and safety often fuel election outcomes, evidence shows prosecutors have little impact on crime rates. Our Abe Asher reports!

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County Commissioner Candidate Saw More Than $40K Funneled to Her Husband by a Board She Oversees

Jessie Burke, the hotel owner and current Multnomah County commissioner candidate, also chairs the Old Town Community Association board. In 2023, several OTCA project contracts were awarded to her husband by the OTCA board, which they both serve on—a pretty clear conflict of interest. And while Burke has also been calling for more homeless shelters during her run for commissioner, public records show that she has actively tried to push shelters and support services out of the Old Town neighborhood. Our Courtney Vaughn has the scoop.

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As Maxine Dexter Touts Progressive Values, Conservative Donors are Flooding Her Campaign Coffers

With the election just days away, Oregon U.S. House candidate Maxine Dexter wants to be seen as the top progressive in the race. But as the money keeps rolling in from dark money PACs and conservative, pro-Israel donors, some voters are wary.


Frustrated with Biden’s Stance on Gaza, Activists Want Voters to Write “Uncommitted” on Their Ballots

Thinking about writing "uncommitted" on your ballot to show President Biden your displeasure for his support of Israel's mass murder of 35,000 Palestinians? We get it! However, before you do, read this article from Kevin Foster who explains why your "uncommitted" vote may not work the way you intend.


The Mercury's Endorsements for the May 2024 Primary Election!

Having trouble figuring out who and what to vote for in our upcoming election? The Mercury has done the research for you with our thoughtful and smart election endorsements. Check 'em out, and be a well-informed voter!

Michelle Murk

Your Handy-Dandy Mercury Voter Cheat Sheet!

No time to read our excellent endorsements? Grab your ballot and consult our quick 'n' easy voter cheat sheet... you'll be finished and ready to drop off your ballot in no time!

Mercury staff