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The Douglas County Elections Office mailed out 74,929 ballots last week for the Jan. 23 special election. As of Wednesday afternoon, 7,225 ballots, 9.6 percent, had been returned, according to Douglas County Clerk Patricia Hitt.

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Cave Junction chemist Art Robinson wants to make a fifth try for the Congressional seat held by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, but it appears he will face at least three challengers in the May 2018 Republican primary.

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Measure 101 is on the ballot next month because three legislators weren’t happy with a House Bill passed by the legislature in July, said League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley member Anna Willman.

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Time is running out to turn in your ballots for the Tuesday election on the Home Rule Charter. It’s too late to mail the ballots, as they must be received by 8 p.m. election day.