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You Elect Them!

District Attorneys, or DAs, are elected to 4-year terms in countywide elections. The elections occur during the midterms, which are typically in May. If no candidate gets more than half the vote, the two candidates with the most votes have a runoff.

The runoff election is in November. In any given year, at least a third of the District Attorneys are up for re-election.

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Now that you understand how important and powerful DAs are in Oregon, sign the voter pledge and promise to vote for District Attorney.

The dynamics around district attorney elections and appointments mean that the voters don’t get to influence critical policy concerns about the direction of our criminal justice system.

Read the Report.

The ACLU has authored a report on elections of District Attorneys and how they impede reform of the justice system. Learn more about it in Roadblocks to Reform.