Clackamas County hopes to ease ballot dropoff traffic jams
Clackamas County is hoping to get ahead of the traffic typically seen near the ballot boxes located at its Red Soils Campus in Oregon City around the final days of a major election as voters flock to return their ballots.
"We've experienced some serious traffic jam problems at that location in the last several days of an election," said Dylan Blaylock, county public and government affairs. "The intersection of Beavercreek Road and Red Soils Court has been a noticeable problem."
With just 35 days until the Nov. 3 general election, the county clerk's office, facilities management and department of transportation are working together to mitigate traffic and ensure local voters have the best access possible to their ballot box. The county's solution includes improved signage, as well as potentially implementing traffic control flaggers near the boxes located at 1710 Red Soils Court.
"Our goal is to make sure that Clackamas County residents can drop off their ballots — or get new/replacement ones — as safely and efficiently as possible," Blaylock said.
The county did not provide a timeline of when these traffic changes might be implemented near the Red Soils Campus, but residents looking to drop off ballots should expect to see them in late October. The county has no other plans to change or improve traffic signage near any of its 24 other ballot-box locations.
Oregon's deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 13. Voters statewide will start to receive their general election ballots in the mail beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Voter pamphlets will be delivered to registered voters Oct. 7-9, but Clackamas County voters can view a digital version online, along with a wealth of other election information including important dates, what's on the ballot and ballot box locations.
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