County Clerk reminds people to sign their ballots, deliver them to one of several local drop sites

JASON CHANEY - The Crook County ballot opening board is hard at work on Friday morning, helping prepare for counting local votes on election night. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are Nancy Knoche, Donna Adams, Kathy Riley, Trisha Shrum and Jessica Streit.

The 2018 general election takes place tonight, and if you want to turn in a ballot, you have until 8 p.m. to take it to a drop site.

Locations include the Crook Clerk's Office and drop boxes at the Crook County Courthouse, county tax office, Powell Butte Community Charter School and Post General Store.

"Don't forget to sign your return envelope," County Clerk Seely stressed.

Local voters are asked to decide numerous offices and ballot measures from the federal to the local levels. These include who represents Oregon's Second Congressional District and who leads the state as governor, as well as the outcome of five statewide ballot measures. The race for Oregon House District 55 will also appear on the ballot, as will one Oregon Supreme Court Judge race, candidates for three Oregon Court of Appeals positions, and the race for Oregon Tax Court Judge.

In Crook County, several candidates will appear on the ballot. Voters will elect a county clerk, treasurer and district attorney as well as the judge for position 3 for the 22nd circuit court district, which serves Crook and Jefferson counties. The lone ballot measure for Crook County voters to consider is a continuation of the Bowman Museum operating levy, a tax of 6 percent per thousand dollars of assessed property value. Voters within the city limits will also elect Prineville's mayor as well as three of its city councilors.

None of the candidates for any county or city office has an opponent.

Those who wish to observe the election process at the Clerk's Office are encouraged to stop by, Seely said. Election results will be posted on the Clerk's website as soon as possible on election night following the 8 p.m. deadline, and look for coverage of election results statewide and locally on the Central Oregonian website as soon as possible after they are made public.

A story on the election results will follow in the Friday, Nov. 9 print edition of the Central Oregonian.

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