LINCOLN COUNTY — Registered voters in Lincoln County should soon receive ballots in the mail for the May 18 special district election, which features a handful of races for city positions, a multitude of local taxing district board seats, and four ballot measures seeking to improve funding for three fire districts and a water district.
The office of Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins is tasked today (Wednesday) with mailing the final batch of special election ballots. Those are being mailed to in-state registered Lincoln County voters. On April 2, the clerk’s office mailed ballots to military and overseas voters, and on April 19 to out-of-state voters. The deadline was Tuesday, April 27 to register to vote for eligibility in the May 18 election.
For a complete list of candidates who’ve filed to run for office and measures appearing on the May ballot, visit https://tinyurl.com/5pbtfmve. See this coming Friday’s edition of the News-Times for profiles on candidates running in contested races in May.
Jenkins has advice for those anticipating receiving a ballot in the mail during the next several days. He asks for people to wait until next Tuesday, May 4, to contact his office if they’ve yet to receive a ballot.
“The ballots are going to be mailed from the Portland post office Wednesday, and so they’ll start arriving in local post offices starting on Thursday,” Jenkins told the News-Times earlier this week. “Some people will start getting them in their mailboxes as soon as Thursday, but most will probably get them come Friday and Saturday.
“Monday is a pretty big mail day with all the mail that’s accumulated over the weekend, so anyone who hasn’t received one after Monday’s mail should get in touch with us.”
To reach out to the clerk’s office, call its main number at 541-265-4131 or send an email to email@example.com.
Jenkins, no stranger to Lincoln County elections, predicts a much lighter percentage of registered voter turnout compared to November’s election. During the Presidential Election, 82 percent of the more than 2.9 million registered voters statewide submitted ballots. Here in Lincoln County, the 30,968 votes submitted accounted for an 80.59 percent turnout rate of the county’s registered voters.
“Of course, we won’t have as nearly high a turnout as the last one,” Jenkins said. “Traditionally, May odd-year special district elections have a lower turnout than a primary or general election. I’m hoping to get up to 40 percent or even higher if possible.”
Jenkins wanted voters to know the same ballot boxes are available in the same locations for voters to submit ballots with a single exception. Since last November, the city of Waldport moved its city hall to 355 NW Alder St., and the ballot box shifted to the new location.
Go to https://tinyurl.com/9zxw9t2e to view a complete list of ballot drop box hours and locations.
For more information or questions about next month’s election, visit the Lincoln County Clerk’s website at www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk or call the office during regular business hours at 541-265-4131.