ASTORIA – Clatsop County Elections has received 6,565 ballots as of Friday May 11 for the May 15 Primary Election. That’s 32.3 percent of the 20,325 registered voters in Clatsop County.

“The turnout so far seems a little bit slow,” said Maeve Kennedy Grimes, Clatsop County Clerk. “We are actually ahead of other counties. We anticipate weekend drop sites will be busy so that Monday and Tuesday we will be running around processing ballots.”

In the May, 2008 primary, Clatsop County saw a voter turnout of 59.12 percent.

“I am hoping about the same turnout as we saw in 2008 for this primary,” she said.

Kennedy Grimes is encouraging voters not to mail their ballots in at this late date, but to take the ballots to county drop sites.

“Your ballot has to be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15,” she said. “Any ballots that we get from the post office on Wednesday won’t count.”

Election officials are finding the usual glitches on some ballots, mostly people forgetting to sign their ballot.

“In those cases, we will call them or send them a letter, and have to come in to sign the ballot,” Kennedy Grimes said.

The election appears to have caught the interest of most voters.

“There are a variety of questions and comments,” she said. “We have people very excited about the animal ballot measure. We also have active voters both for and against the jail issue.

Clatsop County voters will chose from five candidates in the county sheriff’s race, elect a Clatsop County Commissioner in District 2, decide on a $14 million jail expansion measure, and decide on a measure to protect elephants or other exotic animals. Also on the ballot is the Knappa-Svensen-Burnside Rural Fire Protection General Obligation Bond Measure.

Clatsop County voters are also joining those across the state to vote for U.S. President, Representative in Congress, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, State Representative, 32nd District, Judge of the Supreme Court and Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Here are the ballot drop sites in Clatsop County:

Clatsop County Clerk's Office

820 Exchange St.

Astoria

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election day: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

24-hour Drive-up Drop Box

Located on Exchange Street outside 820 Exchange St., Astoria

Election Day: Up to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Cannon Beach City Hall

163 E. Gower

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Gearhart City Hall

698 Pacific Way

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12:- 1 p.m. for lunch)

Election Day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots (closed 12 - 1 p.m. for lunch)

Seaside City Hall

989 Broadway

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Warrenton City Hall

225 S. Main Ave.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Day: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Knappa High School

41535 Old Highway 30

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Election Day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Hall

(Official Columbia County drop site)

12525 Oregon Highway 202

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election day: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

Clatskanie Library

(Official Columbia County drop site)

11 Lillich Street

 

Hours: Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Election day: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to receive ballots

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