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Douglas County Deputy Clerk Andrew Taylor transports the last batch of voting ballots from the dropbox in front of the Douglas County Courthouse to the elections office in May 2018.

As of Wednesday, the Douglas County Elections Office reported it has received 6,321 ballots back from voters. That’s an 8 percent return so far of the 78,428 ballots the county mailed out last week.

County voters who haven’t received their ballots by Thursday should contact the elections office.

Ballots may be put in drop boxes around the county, and postage isn’t necessary to do that. Mailed ballots must have a stamp. Just one stamp is needed, and ballots must be received by the elections office no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to be counted. Postmarks don’t count.

Voters must make sure they sign the ballot return envelope prior to dropping off or mailing the ballot. Ballots cannot be counted unless the voter’s signature can be verified.

Check the envelopes and secure them before returning.

Some yellow and white ballot return signature envelopes were not glued closed on one side before they were shipped from the printer.

If you receive a ballot return signature envelope that is open on one side, tape the side closed before placing it in a drop box or mailbox.

More information is available at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, Room 124, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, by phone at 541-440-4252 or online at co.douglas.or.us/clerk/.

Voters’ pamphlets are compiled and distributed by the Oregon secretary of state. Electronic and audio versions are available online at https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/current-election.aspx.

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

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