Oregon voters reminded to sign, review both sides of ballot

Today last suggested day to send in your ballot by mail

Oct. 27, 2020 — Ballots have been arriving in the mail of registered Lane County voters. Before turning in a ballot, voters should remember to review both sides of the ballot.

“Lane County Elections wants to remind registered voters to review both sides of their official ballot. All ballots have additional voting opportunities on the back of their ballot,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “Once a ballot has been returned it cannot be amended or recast.”

Registered voters anywhere in Oregon who have changed their address still have time to update their registration and qualify for a full ballot. Those with election-related questions should contact Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234.

Voters can drop off their ballots at one of many official drop box locations listed in the insert included with their ballot. In Florence, that is at the Florence Justice Center, 900 Greenwood St. Drop boxes are now open and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. A map of drop box locations is also available online.

Also, voters must remember to sign their ballot return envelopes before mailing or returning their completed ballot back to Lane County Elections.

The signature is a security measure used to verify identity. County personnel who have received training in handwriting analysis compare it to signatures in the voter registration record.

A ballot may only be counted if the signatures match.

“If your signature does not match or the return envelope is unsigned, someone from Lane County Elections will notify you and you will have until 14 days after the election to address the issue or the ballot will not be processed,” said Betschart. “One of the most common reasons a signature does not match is an injury or medical condition that has affected a person’s motor skills.”

In order to be counted, ballots must be received at Lane County Elections by:

  • Mail — Postmarks do not qualify ballots. Voters must mail their ballots with enough time for processing and delivery by the post office.
  • Official Drop Boxes — There are 20 official drop boxes located throughout Lane County that will be available to voters until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

“It is incredibly important for voters to be aware of the Election Day deadline,” said Betschart. “If a voter doesn’t mail their ballot early enough to ensure the Elections Office receives it before the deadline or fails to get it to an official drop box before 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, their vote cannot be counted.”

Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, Oct. 30; Monday, Nov. 2; and Tuesday, Nov. 3, Election Day.

Check the Lane County Elections web page at lanecountyor.gov for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; 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 (weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and via email at [email protected] gov.

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