The day of the election is just under a month away, but the deadline to register to vote is approaching far more quickly. The voter registration deadline in Oregon is October 18 for all residents.
Person-to-person voter registration is available at the Jackson County Elections Office, which is situated in Medford at 1101 W Main St. Or, voters can register online.
According to Chris Walker, who serves as the Jackson County Clerk, “We strive to make it as easy as we can for you to get registered to vote.”
After that, voters who have registered will be sent a voter’s pamphlet together with their ballot in the mail. Walker claims that voter pamphlets and ballots would be mailed out no later than the 21st of October. Voter ballots will be mailed out the week prior.
Because Oregon is a mail-ballot state, voters will have to physically deliver their votes to one of the state’s designated ballot drop boxes in order for their vote to be counted. Jackson County is providing voters with an additional drop-off option in an effort to make voting even more convenient.
According to Walker, “you are allowed to place your ballot in any United States Postal Service box that is convenient for you as long as the postmark is by Election Day.”
There are collection boxes dispersed over Jackson County, some of the locations where they can be found are Ashland, Phoenix, Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, and the Rogue River Public Library.
The election season has become increasingly fraught with anxiety and apprehension over the course of recent years, particularly in those states that utilize vote-by-mail. Walker asserts that she and the rest of the Elections Office staff take the concerns that have been raised extremely seriously.
She asked for feedback, saying, “If it doesn’t look and feel right, then let us know.” “We want to make sure that the ballots’ safety and security are maintained, especially with regard to the voice of the citizens,”
Walker claims that the ballot drop boxes are subject to video surveillance seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day. She advises voters that if they observe anything that seems out of the ordinary, they should report it to the Elections Office, and the staff there will ask for a police officer to be dispatched to investigate the matter.
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