Only 20 percent of recall ballots returned for Tuesday's election, officials say
Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters in Sherwood's recall election to drop their ballots off as soon as possible to reach the 8 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
It is now too late to drop ballots in the mail because there's no guarantee they will make it to the Washing County Elections Division in time to make the Tuesday deadline.
The recall election involves Sherwood City Council members Sally Robinson and Jennifer Harris.
As of Friday, Washington County had received 2,393 ballots, or about 20 percent of all registered voters in the city of Sherwood, according to Washington County Elections Division officials.
The only two sites where ballots can be dropped off to guarantee they are counted by Tuesday are at Sherwood City Hall, 22560 S.W. Pine St., and the Washington County Elections Division, 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard.
In recent years, 2011 was a banner year for recall elections statewide with 15 in all, according to the League of Oregon Cities.
Two of those were in Washington County, according to Mickie Kawai, Washington County Elections Division manager. One involved the Cornelius mayor and two members of the City Council, the other was part of an effort to oust two members of the Forest Grove School Board. In both cases, all members were voted out.
While Sherwood city officials confirm there have been no recall elections in more than a decade, two attempts to bring recall measures before voters occurred several years ago.
The first was a 2013 attempt to recall Matt Langer, then a member of the Sherwood City Council member, whose family owned the land sold to Gramor Development to build Parkway Village at Sherwood. The complex houses the Walmart Superstore. Jennifer Harris was listed as chief petitioner.
However, the effort failed due to collecting the needed signatures before a deadline.
The other occurred in 2014 against both Langer as well as Councilor Dave Grant. Again not enough signatures were collected by the deadline date.