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Offices Open
May 17, 2016 Primary Election

This is a list of public offices for which the Harney County Clerk will accept declarations of candidacy or petitions for nomination or election for the primary election of May 17, 2016. The earliest day to file for the following positions is September 10, 2015 and the deadline is March 8, 2016.
Harney County Judge (Candidates must file with the Oregon Elections Division)
Harney County Commissioner
Harney County Clerk
Harney County Sheriff
Harney County District Attorney (Candidates must file with the Oregon Elections Division)

Also up for Election in 2016 for Harney County will be the following Partisan federal and state offices:   US President, US Senator, US Representative, Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, two (2) Judges of the Supreme Court, three (3) Judges of the Court of Appeals.

As per ORS 249.088 All Nonpartisan positions with the exception of County Clerk, County Sheriff and any election to fill a vacancy (of which there are none,) may be won at the Primary Election if; only one (1) candidate files for the office in the Primary or two (2) or more candidates file for the office and one (1) receives the majority of votes (50% +1 vote).  A candidate will be nominated at the Primary Election and go forward to the General Election if; two (2) or more candidates file for the office and no one receives a majority of the votes at the Primary. The top two (2) vote getters are then nominated to go forward to the General Election in November.

In order to file for candidacy for any office, contact the Harney County Clerk’s office at 541-573-6641, or visit The Secretary of State’s candidacy page at
Before filing, be sure to review the campaign finance disclosure requirements briefly discussed here as well:

The Elections Division administers all local elections within Harney County and registers voters, insuring compliance with federal, state and local laws.

The County Clerk is the chief election official of the County. The Clerk's Office checks ballot measures for timeliness and that they are worded accurately as required by law. The office plans, coordinates and conducts all elections in Harney County and ensures that elections are conducted according to statute and other legal requirements. The office directs the preparation and maintenance of records related to voting activities and candidate services. The clerk provides uniformity in the application, operation and interpretation of election laws and assures that the public is provided with complete and accurate information.

Harney County encourages everyone eligible to vote to exercise their basic right of citizenship and register to vote, and follow through with voting in the elections that occur throughout the year.

How To Contact Us:

  • Reach us by phone at:  (541) 573-6641 
  • Fax us at: (541) 573-8370
  • E-mail us at:
  • Visit us at: 450 N Buena Vista
  • Mail your inquiries to:
               Harney County Clerk
               450 N Buena Vista #14
               Burns, OR 97720

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more about voting in Oregon, call 1-866-ORE-VOTES; TTY: 1-866-350-0596