Ballots due now for the May 19 Election


May 13, 2020 — Ballots for the May 19 Primary Election can now be dropped off outside the Florence Municipal Court, 900 Greenwood St. In order to assure receipt of the ballot in time to be counted, Lane County election officials recommend bringing the completed and signed ballot to an official drop-off location before Tuesday’s election. Lane County Elections is currently closed for walk-in customers. For more information on the upcoming Primary Election, go to lanecounty.org/elections and sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/current-election.aspx.

Per a press release from Lane County:

Lane County ballots were mailed on Thursday, April 30, and registered voters should have received their ballots by now.

Voters who have not received their ballots yet should do one or more of the following:

  • Go to www.oregonvotes.gov to confirm they are registered.
  • If they have moved to any new address, even the apartment next door, they will need to update their registration. Voters can update online at www.oregonvotes.gov if they have a valid DMV license, identification card or permit number. The same website can be used to update or remove a mailing address.

Ballots may not be forwarded by law. If voters are not going to be at a regular residence or mailing address, they need to submit a request for an absentee ballot at the temporary location. If voters are unsure what to do, they should call Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234 to determine what action they must take in order to receive a ballot. 

Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail back their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than Wednesday, May 13. After that date, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart suggests voters return their ballots to one of the many official ballot drop sites available.

A list of available drop sites is on the Elections Office website at www.lanecounty.org/elections and enclosed with the voting material. In Florence, the drop off is at the Florence Municipal Court, 900 Greenwood St.

To be counted, all voted ballots must be received at the Elections Office or in an official drop site by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 19. Postmarks do not qualify ballots.

“Please call our office if you have any questions prior to casting your vote,” said Betschart. “We want to make all registered voters can have their vote counted.”

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, May 15, Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19 — Election Day. Visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines and masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.

On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 and via email at [email protected] 

Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.

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