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Results from May 19 primary election certified; final tallies show no change in outcomes

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - A ballot box is placed outside Scappoose City Hall ahead of each election.Results from the May 19 election have been certified. The vast majority of votes were tallied by 2 a.m. May 20, but some ballots trickled in later.

Those late ballots came from two main sources: In Oregon, voters can drop off their ballot at any official drop site in the state, not just within the county where they are registered to vote. After election day, those ballots are delivered to the proper counties and counted. Additionally, ballots that cannot be accepted (often because they lack a signature or the signature does not match the version on file) are returned to the sender, but are counted if the voter remedies the issue within two weeks after the election.

In all the elections for local offices, which are nonpartisan, the top two candidates will go on to the general election in November. In nonpartisan primaries, a candidate must receive 50% of the vote plus one in order to win outright. In the races for two seats on the county's board of commissioners and one judicial seat, no candidate earned more than half the votes.

Margaret Magruder, the current county commissioner in position 1, earned 37.3% of votes and will face Brandee Dudzic, who received 24.7% in a four-way race. Alex Tardif, the incumbent commissioner in position 3, came in second with 40.7% after Casey Garrett, who received 43.2% in a three-way race.

Jenefer Grant, running to maintain her position as a circuit court judge, got 41.2% of the vote, while Michael Clarke got 42%.

Tax measures also appeared on the ballot. The Columbia County Jail operating levy was renewed with 58.8% of votes in favor, and the St. Helens School District bond passed with 52.1% of votes in support.

Overall turnout was 49.3%, almost two points lower than the last presidential primary in 2016. Republicans — who over the past decade have increased in numbers faster than Democrats (though Democrats still outnumber Republicans) — had their highest turnout in more than a decade, with 64.8% of registered Republicans voting in the May primary.

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