Washington County opens new elections office in Hillsboro
Voters in Washington County will need to go to Hillsboro if they want to change voter registration in person or register as a candidate for an election as of Thursday, Oct. 10.
Last week, the county opened its new elections office at 2925 N.E. Aloclek Drive, Suite 170, Hillsboro. Aloclek Drive is a quarter of a mile east of Northeast Cornelius Pass Road and is accessible from Northwest Evergreen Parkway to the north and Northeast Cornell Road to the south. TriMet bus lines 47 and 48 service the area.
The county moved the office from its previous location on Southwest Murray Boulevard in Beaverton to accommodate the demands of a growing population.
"The increased volume of work associated with supporting Oregon's vote-by-mail process in Washington County is the primary reason for the move," read a press release from the county.
There were about 228,500 voter registrations in Washington County in 2002 when the elections office relocated to Murray Boulevard. Since then, there's been a nearly 60% increase as voter registrations have since climbed to about 365,000 in 2019.
"Voters will be better supported by this move to Aloclek," said County Clerk Rich Hobernicht. "Our vote-by-mail system works best when we can process completed ballots quickly and accurately using the most cost-effective equipment available. Our new location will allow us to do just that while also providing room for expansions of our office as the community we serve grows."
Steel plates needed to be installed on the second floor of the previous elections office in Beaverton to accommodate the weight of an automated mail sorter — the size and weight of a midsized car — which has helped process envelopes in recent years.
The county purchased a second mail sorter earlier this year to keep pace with the increase in voter participation. The new technology "would simply not have fit within that 9,800-square-foot office space in Beaverton," according to the county.
The new location will also provide enough space for about 200 temporary employees hired to support each major election.
Services such as registering to vote, changing voter registration information, seeking assistance or requesting information about voting, dropping off completed ballots before election deadlines and filing as a candidate for local elected offices will occur at the new location for the upcoming election on Nov. 5 and in the future.
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