County Elections urges mail-in ballots be sent by today

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Increased voter registration could mean heavier volume at post offices

With an increase in the number of registered voters in Lane County, it may take more time this year for the United States Postal Service to process and deliver ballots — making it critical for voters who choose to mail their ballots to allow adequate time for processing and delivery.

Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail back their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than today, May 10. After that date, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart suggests voters return their ballots to one of the official ballot drop sites available in your area (In Florence, a ballot box is located at the Florence Justice Center on Ninth Street).

• Each voter must sign his or her own ballot return identification envelope. Make sure you sign the ballot envelope that lists your own printed name and address.
• Sign the ballot envelope in the same manner as your most current voter registration card.

To be counted, all voted ballots must be received at the Elections Office or in an official drop site by 8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, May 16. Postmarks do not qualify your ballot.

Betschart said there are several important reminders for voters to follow as they get their ballots ready to return. “Please call our office if you have any questions prior to casting your vote,” she said. “We want to make sure every registered voter can have his or her vote counted.”

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