Tight presidential race increases Oregon's relevance

For the first time since 1968 many Oregonians feel their vote is going to count in the May Primary. On May 2, more than 27 thousand ballots will be mailed to registered voters in Columbia County.

Pam Benham of the Columbia County Elections office said, 'There is still time to register to vote or change party affiliations.'

Voters who are currently registered who wish to change party affiliations: voter registration forms must be in the county elections office in the courthouse by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

County residents over the age of 18, who are registering to vote for the first time, must have their voter registration forms completed and postmarked on or by April 29.

Voter registration forms are located at every post office in the county, the courthouse and the DMV, or online at Click on the Dept. menu, click on Elections and follow the link to Voter Registration. Voter registration forms can be downloaded from this link.

'It's important for new voters to know they should mail or deliver their registration forms to the elections office in the courthouse before 5 p.m. on April 29,' Benham said.

'Nonaffiliated registered independents and Republicans have been changing party affiliations to Democrat at an unusually high rate for the county,' said Benham. 'Although a small number of voters change party affiliations to the Republican Party.'

Benham said the ballots will be in the mail on May 2 so voters will have time to vote and return their ballots before the May 20, 8 p.m. deadline. Ballots postmarked on May 20 will not be counted.

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