With the mail-in voting deadline passed in Oregon, election officials are asking voters to drop off their ballot in person to ensure it is counted for the US presidential election, taking place next week.
Oregon state election rules say that all ballots must be received at a county elections office, or submitted in a county ballot dropbox, by 8 pm PT on election day. With potential delays in mail services, it is no longer viable to use mail-in voting to reach the November 3 deadline.
The Secretary of State for Oregon wrote on Twitter Tuesday, “We recommend that you drop your ballot off instead of mailing it in.”
Starting tomorrow, we recommend that you drop your ballot off instead of mailing it in. Dropbox locations: https://t.co/8VGIqPStDe. Remember, ballots must be received at a county election office or official dropbox by 8 p.m. on November 3rd, postmarks do not count! pic.twitter.com/3Up1N8aQWY
— Secretary of State Bev Clarno (@OregonSOS) October 27, 2020
“Postmarks do not count,” adds Secretary Clarno. Mail-in votes that arrive beyond the 8 pm cutoff on November 3 will not count.
For assistance in finding your closest voting ballot dropbox, you can use the tools provided to you by the state. Head to the Oregon dropbox locator tool to find out where you need to go.
Oregonians that have already voted by mail can use this ballot tracking tool to keep tabs on where your vote ballot is heading into next week’s election.