Douglas County voters are starting to show up

Douglas County voters have been slow to turn in their ballots.

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 1:14 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Voters in Douglas County had their ballots for several days, and on Tuesday the returned ballot figure was only about 1.5%.

After counting just the next day it was brought up to about 9%.

County Clerk, Patricia Hitt, encouraged people to vote this election season.

”It’s their opportunity and their right to state how they feel about whatever is on the ballot.”

She said with a hot button issue like the Home Rule Charter, it's important that people are casting their vote.

This ballot will include the Home Rule Charter, a county-wide ballot that, among other things, would replace the three full-time county commissioners with five part time commissioners. For some districts they will also be voting on a levy extension for the North Douglas County Fire & EMS District or a levy in the Siuslaw School District to help fund district operations.

Ballots can be mailed into the County Clerk's office at 1036 SE Douglas Ave #221, Roseburg, OR 97470.

They can also be taken to one of the drop boxes around the county. Those can be found in the City Halls of Sutherlin, Myrtle Creek, Winston, Yoncalla, Canyonville, and Glendale. They're also at the Douglas County Annex in Reedsport, the UCC library, the parking lot east of the Douglas County Library, on the lawn in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, and inside of the Courthouse.

Voters should be sure to sign their envelope so that their ballot is valid. 

Votes need to be in by November 7 at 8pm.

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