Ballots will be mailed out Thursday for the Nov. 8 election.

This year, you’ll be able to track both delivery and receipt of your ballot through a new program called BallotTrax. Voters can sign up on line to receive alert messages via text, phone or email. The messages will come when the ballot is mailed and when it is accepted for counting.

The tracking is a joint program of Douglas County and the Oregon Secretary of State.

“We are excited to offer this resource to voters in Douglas County,” said Douglas County Clerk Patricia Hitt.

Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins called the tracking technology one more tool for voters to stay engaged and informed.

“Oregon’s unique vote by mail system gives us many opportunities to innovate, and I am proud to partner with Douglas County to give voters this new resource,” she said.

The government does not charge for the tracking service, though some cell phone carriers may charge for texts. Sign up at to begin receiving messages on the status of your ballot. For more information, contact the elections office at 541-440-4252 or email

Ballots must be received by the elections office by 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 8, to be counted. Postmarks do not count, so be sure to mail ballots well in advance if turning them in via the postal service.

Ballots may be hand-delivered to one of several drop box locations or to the county elections office, Room 124 in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg.

Drop boxes are located on the front lawn of the courthouse and at the following locations: Canyonville City Hall, 250 N. Main St.; the Douglas County Annex, 680 Fir Street, Reedsport; the Douglas County Library east parking lot on the corner of Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Boulevard in Roseburg; Glendale City Hall, 124 Third St.; Myrtle Creek City Hall, 207 N.W. Pleasant St.; Sutherlin City Hall, 126 E. Central Ave.; Umpqua Community College Library, 1140 Umpqua College Rd., Roseburg; Winston City Hall, 201 N.W. Douglas Blvd; and Yoncalla City Hall, 2640 Eagle Valley Rd.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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