More than half of Douglas County voters have already turned in their ballots.

If you’re not one of them, elections officials are warning it’s too late to count on the mail. Instead, bring your ballot to one of the drop sites around the county or directly to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, Room 124, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg.

Ballots continue to pour in at higher rates than seen during the 2012 or 2016 presidential elections, Douglas County Clerk Dan Loomis said.

“Many consider voting the defining act of citizenship. It is so very encouraging to see the voters of our great Douglas County continuing to cast ballots at very high rates,” Loomis said in an email.

Loomis said 43,672 ballots had been received by Tuesday evening. That’s 51.94% of the total sent out, which is 14.58% ahead of the participation rates for the same point in the 2016 presidential election and 13.86% ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

About 38% of voters have so far cast their ballots by mail. About 23% brought them directly to the Douglas County Courthouse, and the rest of the ballots were taken to one of the county’s official ballot drop sites.

Ballots must be received by the Douglas County Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted.

Douglas County offers a number of drop locations that are checked by elections officials right up until the final day.

Their locations are:

  • Canyonville City Library Book Drop, 250 N. Main St., Canyonville, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Douglas County Annex, 680 Fir Ave., Reedsport, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Douglas County Clerk’s Office, Room 124 or Hallway Slot, Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Douglas County Courthouse, Front Lawn, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Drain City Hall, 515 S. Cedar St., Drain, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Roseburg Public Library East Parking Lot, Corner of Fowler Street and Diamond Lake Boulevard, Roseburg, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Glendale City Hall, 124 Third St., Glendale, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. On Election Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Myrtle Creek City Hall, 207 NW Pleasant St., Myrtle Creek, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Riddle City Hall, 647 1st Ave., Riddle, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Sutherlin City Hall, 126 E. Central Ave., Sutherlin, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Umpqua Community College, Administration Building Drop Slot, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg, Mondays through Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Winston City Hall, 201 NW Douglas Boulevard, Winston, 24 hours per day. On Election Day until 8 p.m.
  • Yoncalla City Hall, Utility Payment Slot, 2640 Eagle Valley Road, Yoncalla. Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day until 8 p.m.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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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

(3) comments

Mike

Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a furious struggle over voting rights. In almost every instance, Democrats are trying to make it easier for Americans to cast ballots, and Republicans are trying to make it harder.

Much of the fight involves voting by mail, which many people would prefer to do this year, to minimize their risk of contracting the coronavirus at a polling place. Lawyers have already filed more than 300 lawsuits (below link), across 44 states, over issues related to pandemic voting. The most important cases are in the battleground states on which the presidential election or Senate control could hinge.

https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20201028&instance_id=23557&nl=the-morning&regi_id=123329811&segment_id=42559&te=1&user_id=2d9279670974826e45b563123ff09555

Mike

You can determine whether the Douglas County Clerk received your ballot at the attached link.

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS

George Weston

At least we have several drop boxes in our county. The Governor of Texas has only authorized one drop box per county. This governor is disabled, apparently in more ways than one, and it seems that he doesn't care about the people of his state. His state is also a higher risk state for the virus. It appears that he doesn't care about those in his state. If you like this idea, then move to Texas.

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