Too late to mail ballots; use drop sites, county advises
The Washington County Elections Department issued an advisory Friday, Nov. 2, urging voters who have not yet turned in their ballots to find an official drop site rather than placing them in the mail.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. While Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, counties like Washington County also maintain a network of drop boxes where ballots can be deposited.
Official ballot drop sites in and around western Washington County include:
• Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A (only during business hours)
• Banks Public Library, 42461 Market St.
• Bethany Library, 15325 N.W. Central Drive, Suite J-8 (only during business hours)
• Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow St.
• Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. (curbside)
• Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway
• Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave. (only during business hours)
• North Plains City Hall, 31360 N.W. Commercial St.
• Vernonia Public Library (Columbia County), 701 Weed Ave. (only during business hours)
• Washington County Sheriff's Office & Jail, 236 S.W. Dennis Ave. (parking lot)
• Yamhill City Hall (Yamhill County), 205 S. Maple St.
Additionally, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, ballots can be dropped off at a drive-through location at the Washington County Elections Office, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. A drive-through drop site will be added at the Hillsboro Main Library on Brookwood Parkway on Tuesday, among other locations, as well.
Oregon law requires ballots to be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots can be dropped off at any official drop site in the state up until that time.
Neighboring Washington also votes by mail, but its state election laws are different. Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day are eligible to be counted in Washington, even if they are received after Election Day.
As of Friday, Washington County reported that at least 93,300 ballots, representing about 26 percent of registered county voters, had been received at the Elections Office.
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