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Registered to vote? Primary election deadline looming

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Multnomah County elections officials are urging people to register to vote before the April 26 deadline for the May 17 primary election.Are you registered to vote in the May 17 primary election?

If not, time is running out. The deadline to register is midnight Tuesday, April 26.

“We hear from Oregonians every day who want to make sure their voices are heard in our electoral process," said Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins. "Now is the time to be sure you are registered and that you will get the primary ballot that you want.”

The secretary of state’s office provides an online hub, www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote, for information about voting options for the May primary election. Voters can register in person at their county elections offices, or they can register online at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote.

New registrations or updates cannot be done on the telephone, according to Atkins.

Oregonians who have recently visited the DMV, or who will be visiting the DMV soon, should either immediately return their Oregon Motor Voter card by mail, postmarked by April 26th.

On May 17, the Democratic and Republican parties will hold closed primaries, meaning voters must be registered with either party to get a ballot. The Independent Party, which recently achieved major party status, is holding an open primary, which will allow nonaffiliated voters (“independent” voters) to vote by requesting an Independent Party ballot.

Local elections offices are:

• Multnomah County, 1040 S.E. Morrison St., Portland.

• Clackamas County, 1710 Red Soils Court, Suite 100, Oregon City.

• Washington County, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd., Suite 101, Beaverton.

• Columbia County, 230 Strand St., St. Helens.

• Yamhill County, 414 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville.

• Marion County, 555 Court St. N.E., Suite 2130, Salem.