The deadline for Deschutes County voters to register to vote in advance of the upcoming May 17 Primary Election is just around the corner. KBND’s Caroline MacGregor reports. Voters who plan to vote in the Democratic or Republican closed primary elections must be registered as a member of that party by April 26th. Deschutes County Clerk Steve Dennison who says April 26th is also the deadline for voters to update or change their party affiliation. Voters not affiliated with a major party will receive a non-partisan ballot that will only contain non-partisan state and local offices and measures. Dennison encourages voters to be proactive and check their voter registration to ensure they’re prepared to vote in this year’s primary election. While ballots will be mailed to overseas or out of state voters early....Dennison said ballots for the primary election will be mailed to all voters on Wednesday, April 27. Voters can check and update their registration status on the Secretary of State website or by using an Oregon Voter Registration Card. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at: www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote.