BEND, OR -- Deschutes County voters will have more options for submitting their ballot, this year. County Clerk Nancy Blankenship tells KBND News, "We added a new drop site in Bend, in May; and that is in the Old Mill District, above the cinemas, just next to the Hilton Garden Inn. We’re adding a new drop site on the other side of the river by the new Pavilion, the ice skating rink. And, the hours of operation are all listed in the voters’ pamphlet; we also have that information on our website, as well." She says those two sites will be open for 24-hour drive-by submissions, beginning November second.
Deschutes County now has 10 ballot drop sites: five in Bend, and one each in La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Terrebonne. "In your voters’ pamphlet, in the county’s portion of the voters’ pamphlet, is a list of all the drop sites," says Blankenship. The information is also available on the county’s website, or click HERE.
For those mailing their ballot, Oregon's Secretary of State's Office says it only needs one first class (or "Forever") stamp. Stories have appeared on social media from other states that need two stamps, but that's not the case in Oregon. As of Monday, more than 11,500 Oregon ballots had been turned in, according to the state's elections division.
Voters who have not received a ballot by Tuesday, October 25, should contact their county election's office as soon as possible. Blankenship says ballots not in the mail by November first should be taken to an official drop site before 8 p.m. November 8.