County-wide ballot boxes reduced

Lake County’s only ballot boxes will be located at the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeview.

There will be only two ballot drop box locations in Lake County this coming election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, according to Lake County Clerk Stacie Geaney. Both drop boxes will be in Lakeview — one outside the Lake County Courthouse and one inside the clerk’s office.

In past years, there has been a box in Christmas Valley and a box in Paisley in addition to those in Lakeview. Due in large part to COVID changing circumstances, that has changed this year. There were no drop boxes in Christmas Valley or Paisley earlier this year during the primary election, Geaney said, noting that there was no issue with the reduced locations at that time and she received no feedback about the change.

For that reason, she said, she does not foresee there being any issues with the reduced ballot box locations during the general election. “I think it will be fine,” she noted, adding, “People just need to not procrastinate.”

As more people are expected to vote by mail around the country this year to avoid polling places due to COVID concerns, questions have floated around nationally about whether the U.S. Postal Service is equipped to handle the expected surge of mail in ballots. While mailing ballots in a timely manner is always important, this year it is likely even more critical.

Geaney emphasized that her notice states that ballots should be mailed no later than Wednesday, Oct. 28. Ballots can also be mailed at any U.S. Postal Service location, and postage is already paid on the envelopes. The last day to register to vote in Oregon is Tuesday, Oct. 13.

For more information, call 541-947-6006.

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