Stolen Southeast Portland mail collection box puts ballots at risk
Ballots mailed from a stolen U.S. Postal Service mail collection box in southeast Portland may be at risk of not getting counted in the May 17 election.
The postal service recently reported a blue mail collection box at the intersection of Southeast Reed College Place and Southeast Woodstock Boulevard was stolen Wednesday, May 4, Multnomah County elections officials said in a statement Monday, May 16.
Elections officials are telling voters to contact them immediately if they used the collection box after 11:35 a.m. on May 4 to mail their ballot. People should call 503-988-8683.
Postal service officials confirmed to the elections division that all mail was collected from the box at 11:35 a.m. on May 4.
At least one voter who used the reportedly-stolen collection box to mail their ballot wasn't notified by the county's ballot tracking system that it was counted one week after they dropped the ballot there, officials said. A replacement ballot was issued to the voter.
Elections officials have contacted the Oregon secretary of state's office, they said.
People can still request a replacement ballot online at www.multco.us/orderahead or via phone if their ballot wasn't received by the elections office.
Elections officials can check the status of voters' ballots.
The announcement about the theft came hours before primary election day.
The county elections division is offering extended office hours leading up to the election. Elections offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, May 17. The elections office is located at 1040 S.E. Morrison St. in Portland. The voting express center is located at 600 N.E. 8th St. in Gresham.
People can sign up to track the status of their ballot at multco.us/trackyourballot.
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