Time is running out to vote on two state funding issues in the Sept. 17 special election. The Clatsop County Elections Division must receive ballots by 8 p.m. on that day to be counted.

By Tuesday, 22 percent of Clatsop County's 20,043 registered voters had turned in their ballots.

Postmarks do not count and voters who plan to mail in their ballots should do so by Thursday to guarantee timely delivery. Ballot drop sites are set up at the county courthouse, 749 Commercial St., Astoria, and Seaside City Hall, Broadway and Roosevelt Drive.

The county Elections Division will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day to receive ballots.

The Oregon Legislature has referred two issues to voters.

Measure 19 would amend the state constitution to convert the education endowment fund to a stability fund, specify conditions for using principal from the fund, transfer $150 million to the State School Fundand create a school capital matching subaccount in the stability fund.

Measure 20 would increase the cigarette tax by an additional 60 cents per 20-cigarette pack and use the money for the Oregon Health Plan, tobacco use reduction programs, cities, counties and transportation for the elderly and disabled. The current tax is 68 cents per 20-cigarette pack.

If you have moved and are currently registered to vote in Oregon, you may update your registration until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

For information, contact the Elections Division in the Clatsop County Courthouse, 749 Commercial St., Astoria or call 325-8605.

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