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County Clerk draws attention to change in envelopes used to return the ballots

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CHERYL SEELY - Crook County will provide a white envelope with an orange stripe instead of a goldenrod envelope.

Crook County voters can expect to see May primary ballots in their mailboxes as this month soon comes to a close.

Ballots for the May 15 primary election will be mailed out on April 25, and this year voters will notice a difference in the envelope system used to cast a ballot.

County Clerk Cheryl Seely pointed out that a change has been made with the signature return envelope, the one that was originally goldenrod in color. 

"We have gone to a white envelope with an orange stripe along a portion of the top," Seely said. "This change came at a time when we were ordering new stock for the upcoming elections. The mailing company that prints the voter names/address on the envelope and also inserts our ballots suggested that we change to a white envelope because the mail barcode was not easy for the post office to read on the solid color envelopes."

Seely added that it was more cost effective to order white with the printed stripe as the cost for the solid color was increasing. She is hoping that voters will notice that the information on the envelope is easy to see. 

People still have time to register to vote in the primary election, and voters can still change political parties. The deadline for both is Tuesday, April 24. Seely said that online changes must be made by midnight, and registration postcards or printed party change forms must be postmarked by that date.

She went on to point out that the Independent Party has opened its primary, so a voter that is not affiliated with a political party can request an Independent Party ballot. The deadline to make the request is April 24 as well, and the request form can be found on the Crook County Clerk's website.

The Crook County candidate slate is lighter than in past primaries. Three positions are up for election next month, only one of which features more than one candidate. Seely is the lone filer for County Clerk, and the race for Crook County Commissioner only includes incumbent Brian Barney. However, two have filed for County Assessor with incumbent Brian Huber going against Jon Soliz, who works as an appraiser at the assessor's office.

At the state and federal level, numerous people have filed for three different positions. Seventeen have filed for Oregon Governor. Ten Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination, including Bend residents Sam Carpenter and Knute Buehler. Carpenter has run twice unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and Buehler is currently serving in the Oregon Legislature as 54th House District Representative.

In addition, the race for Second Congressional District Representative features 11 candidates, with the majority of them vying for the Democratic Party nomination. Of the seven candidates, three live in the Central Oregon area. Tim White and Jennifer Neahring both live in Bend, and Jamie McLeod-Skinner calls Terrebonne home.

Two Republicans are running against longtime incumbent Greg Walden in hopes of advancing to the general election. One candidate, Paul J. Romero, is the lone Prineville resident running for a federal office.

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