April 27 is the last day to register to vote or change political party affiliation for the May 18 Primary Election.

In Clatsop County, District 2 voters are being asked to choose Bob Green's successor on the Board of Commissioners. Candidates are Vince Williams and Patricia Roberts. Sam Patrick is unopposed in District 4.

In South County, Rosemary Baker-Monaghan and Debbie Boone, are the two Democratic candidates for state Rep. in District 32. Both want to take over the seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Elaine Hopson. The two Republicans candidates are Adam Schwend of Tillamook and Douglas Olson of Pacific City.

In Oregon, the primary is a closed party election. Democrats can only vote for Democratic and non-partisan candidates. Republicans can only vote for Republican and non-partisan candidates.

Voters who are registered with other political parties or who are not affiliated with any party can only vote for non-partisan candidates in the primary. If you want to change your party affiliation, you need to complete a new voter registration card.

Anyone who is an Oregon resident, a U.S. citizen and will be at least 18 years old by Election Day may register to vote.

Voter registration cards are available at the Clatsop County Courthouse at 749 Commercial St., and at U.S. post offices, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and public libraries. People who register by mail must provide a copy of their driver's license, state-issued identification, a pay check stub, utility bill, bank statement or other government document with their name and address.

New voters or voters changing their political party must return their new registration cards to the Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Division by 5 p.m. April 27. Postmarks count.

Voters who have moved and are currently registered in Oregon may update their registration until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you have a question about your current registration, call the elections office at 325-8511.


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