Get ready: Ballots out Oct. 14
Ballots for the Nov. 3 general election will be mailed to all registered Jefferson County voters beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14.
"It is important to make sure you are registered to vote and keep your registration up to date so that you can receive your ballot as soon as possible," said Jefferson County Clerk Kate Zemke.
In advance of the Nov. 3 Election Day deadline, Jefferson County Elections is asking voters to make a plan to vote.
Following are important dates for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, general election:
Tuesday, Oct. 13 is the last day to register to vote. Voters may register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register.
Ballots will begin to be mailed to voters on Wednesday, Oct. 14. All voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Oct. 22.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, is the last recommended day for voters to safely return their ballots by mail. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Final official election results will be certified Nov. 23.
Voters who have not received their ballots by Oct. 22 must call Jefferson County Elections at 541-475-4451 for a replacement ballot. Voters who will be away from home for the election may sign up to get an absentee ballot.
Voters must remember to sign their ballot return envelope.
"Your signature is your identification," Zemke said. "Every signature on every ballot is examined to make sure it matches the signature in the voter's registration. If you forget to sign or your signature does not match, we will send you a letter so that you can take action and we can count your vote."
Voters have two choices in returning their ballots. Those who vote early can return their ballots by mail, and postage stamps are not needed.
"Get your ballot in the mail to us by Tuesday, Oct. 27, to ensure it is received by our office on time," Zemke said. "Postmarks do not count in Oregon."
Voters may also return their ballots to any 24-hour Official Ballot Drop Site in the state or to any 24-hour Jefferson County Drop Site. Visit www.jeffco.net//cc for dropbox locations.
Local dropbox sites include: Jefferson County Administration Building, 66 SE D St. in Madras; Metolius City Hall, 636 Jefferson Ave. in Metolius; Culver City Hall, 200 First St. in Culver; Crooked River Ranch Administration Office, parking area near tennis court; and Warm Springs Campus, 2112 Wasco St., in Warm Springs.
For more information, call the Jefferson County Clerk Office, 541-475-4451.
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