Ballot two-fer could cause confusion

Democrats and Republicans who live in the Forest Grove School District boundaries should have received a pair of ballots by this week.

The first, mailed out Oct. 14, is a special ballot for a recall election targeting two Forest Grove School Board members. That ballot is due back by 8 p.m. Nov. 1.

The second, mailed out Oct. 21, is the ballot for the special primary race in Oregon's first congressional district. That ballot is due back a week after the recall ballot, 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

Elections officials couldn't add the recall question to the special primary election ballot since that ballot was already in the process of being printed by the time it was clear a recall would happen in the school district.

That circumstance led to what is now a potentially confusion situation: two ballots, two elections, two deadlines. Here are some things to remember:

• The two ballots can not be mailed together in one envelope. Keep each ballot separate, along with its adjoining secrecy envelope and return envelope (the one with a signature line).

• The return envelope for the recall election is marked 'recall.'

• The recall ballot is two-sided, with a question on each side. The primary ballot is one-sided.

• Ballots can be deposited in any official election drop box.

• All ballots dropped in boxes in Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, and Yamhill counties will be returned to Washington County elections. Officials in those counties know that recall ballots are due Tuesday, Nov. 1, a week before the congressional ballot is due.

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