Clerk, Records & Elections

The Clerk, Records and Elections Division encompasses three functions.

The County Clerk is the official record keeper for Clatsop County. The Records Division administers public records, legal recordings, marriage licenses, passports, OLCC licenses, county archives and abandoned personal property in accordance with federal, state and local laws. The division records the following documents for public record: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, marriage licenses, town and partition plat maps. County records include: Board of County Commissioners, County Planning Commission, and special district and cities.

The County Clerk issues marriage licenses, county park passes, accepts applications for passports and OLCC licenses; performs marriages; and coordinates and records Board of Property Tax Appeal hearings.

The County Clerk is the chief election official of the County. The County Clerk conducts all elections within Clatsop County and registers voters, insuring compliance with federal, state and local laws. The office checks ballot measures for timeliness and to make sure they are worded accurately as required by law. The office prepares and maintains records related to voting activities and candidate services. The clerk provides uniformity in the application, operation and interpretation of election laws and ensures that the public is provided with complete and accurate information.