Haven't voted yet? Better drop your ballot at a collection site
It's too late as of Friday, Jan. 19, for voters who haven't yet cast their ballots in next week's special election to decide the fate of Ballot Measure 101 to send in their ballots by mail, according to the Washington County Elections Division. But it's not too late for those votes to count.
Ballots have to be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Unofficial results will be tabulated and released that night. In order for ballots that have not already been turned in to count, the Washington County Elections Division said Friday, they must be dropped off at an official collection site.The following locations serve as 24-hour collection sites in western Washington County:
• Banks Public Library, 42461 Market St. in Banks
• Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow St. in Cornelius
• Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove (dropbox located curbside along the south side of Pacific Avenue between Ash and Birch streets)
• Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Pkwy. in Hillsboro.
• North Plains City Hall, 31360 N.W. Commercial St. in North Plains.
• Washington County Sheriff's Office and Jail, 236 S.W. Dennis Ave. in Hillsboro (dropbox located in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Washington and Dennis avenues)
Additionally, ballots can be dropped off inside the Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave. in Hillsboro, during normal business hours.
Other drop sites in the broader region include Yamhill City Hall, 205 S. Maple St. (Yamhill County), and the Vernonia Public Library, 701 Weed Ave. (Columbia County). Ballots dropped at these sites or any other collection sites outside Washington County by voters who are registered in Washington County will be sent to the Washington County Elections Division for tabulation, as long as they are deposited by the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline.
Ballots must be placed inside the provided envelope, which the voter must sign on the back. Ballots can also be placed inside an optional secrecy sleeve prior to being put into the envelope.Tuesday's election is considered a special election under Oregon law. Voters statewide are being asked to decide a single issue, Measure 101.
Measure 101 asks voters whether they wish to allow temporary taxes on certain healthcare providers, insurance companies and the Public Employees' Benefits Board that were approved by the Oregon Legislature last year to take effect. A "no" vote would reject the taxes, leaving the state short of funding to extend health coverage to some low-income residents and people with disabilities.
MEASURE 101: Read our explainer for more information about this complex ballot measure, and check out our endorsement (opinion) for our Editorial Board's position on the measure.
Two more statewide votes are scheduled for later this year in Oregon. A primary election will be held in May. A general election will be held in November.
Among the major offices up for election this year: the governorship, to which Gov. Kate Brown is seeking re-election; the chairmanship of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, from which County Commissioner Andy Duyck is retiring; and the mayoralties of Banks, Cornelius and Forest Grove.
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