BEND, OR -- Statewide voter turnout was just 18% as of Monday. Deschutes County's rate is slightly better at 24%. Voters are deciding who will get their party’s nod for big races like Governor and several Congressional seats, as well as various city, county and regional contests.
But your vote won’t count if it’s not in on time. This is the first statewide election with the new postmark law. Secretary of State Shemia Fagan says you need to pay attention if you still need to mail your ballot. "We want to make note that if folks are putting that ballot into a blue USPS collection box, check the collection time; right? If you’re putting it in at 7pm on Election night but the last collection was 4pm, you’re not going to get that postmark." Ballots postmarked today will still count if they’re received within seven days.
If you’re dropping yours off at an official county drop site, it must be in by 8 p.m. today.