Registered voters have until 8 p.m. election day, March 13, to mark their ballots and get them to the county clerk's office in the courthouse. As of yesterday, only 862 ballots or less than 10 percent of the ballots sent out had been received.
>A new write-in candidate is making himself available for two offices: the Powell Butte School Board and Position No. 2 of the cemetery commission
Wednesday, a new candidate announced his candidacy for two positions. Avery Sherman explained that he is retired and has lots of time to give. Sherman is advertising as a write-in candidate for the Crook County Cemetery District Position No. 2 and the director position No. 2 of the Powell Butte School District.
"I went to that grade school," Sherman said. "Of course it was a new school building then. I was born and raised here but left and spent most of my life elsewhere. I returned about five years ago. I've got the time and I care for my community."
Sherman said he decided to throw his hat into the ring for the cemetery commission because, "nobody else was running for Position No. 2 and I thought I would."
The slogan on flyers being handed out by the new candidate, he asks people to "elect someone that cares ... is interested in the kids and the community and has the time."
So far the number of ballots returned, according to the election officials is "not very many." To make things easier for voters, the County Clerk Dee Berman, who also serves as the county election official, has placed ballot drop boxes at various sites. Two of those are available now, three others will be open beginning next Monday.
At the present time, voters may drop off their ballots at the drop box at the rear entrance of the courthouse. A second drop box is located in Berman's second floor office. A privacy booth is also located in the clerk's office. The booth and drop box are available during normal office hours.
Beginning Monday, additional boxes will be located at the Powell Butte School weekdays from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. A second drop box will be at the Crook County Library, open during library hours, and at the Post General Store from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters wishing to mark their ballots behind curtains in a voter's booth will find privacy booths set up at both the library and the Post General Store.