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SOS Reminds Voters of New Postmark Rule

PORTLAND, OR -- The May Primary is the first statewide election since implementation of a new Oregon law allowing ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, if they’re postmarked by Election Day. 

A new campaign by the Secretary of State's Office reminds Oregonians last-minute voters now have the option to mail their ballot. "Drop it in your mailbox or a USPS collection box. Just make sure it’s postmarked on or before Election Day," the new ad says, "Some mail-in ballots will arrive after Election Day, even if they were cast on time."

Ben Morris, with the Secretary of State’s Office, says the goal is to combat the misinformation seen in other states, where people thought late ballot increases were evidence of fraud. "We’re going to see the total number of votes go up on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday following Election Day. Those are valid votes that were cast on time, and they’ll count." There is still a deadline - mailed ballots postmarked on time must be received within seven days of Election Day. There's more information at the state's Elections website

Oregon's Primary is May 17. 

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