VOTE – But, don’t mail your ballot

IT’S TOO LATE TO MAIL YOUR BALLOT AND HAVE IT COUNTED! – See where to take your ballot, by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 – and why it is important that you cast a vote.  We’re not telling you for whom to vote …

Take your ballot here – it’s open 24/7 until election night: The Midland Library on SE 122nd Avenue a block south of SE Stark Street.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
There are many issues to be decided, and many elected offices to fill at this election.  But if you’ve waited to mail your ballot in the special election until now – STOP! It’s now too late to drop it in the mail!  Postmarks don’t count! See our list below of drop-off points.

Sure, it’s your civic duty to vote, as an American citizen, and a resident of Oregon and Portland.

But, here’s the real – and some say shocking – reason outer East Portland citizens should vote: Planners and politicians tend to ignore – and do what they will – to areas with traditionally low voter turnout!

According to Multnomah County voting records in the past, a bit less than half of Portland’s citizens live in outer East Portland. Yet, fewer than half of those who can vote, do vote!

You’ll find official ballot boxes at all Multnomah County Library locations – there’s one near you!

Not too late to vote
Voters don’t have to travel to the Multnomah County Elections Office, at 1040 SE Morrison St. or use their Official Drop Box on SE 11th Ave. at SE Belmont St. – but you could if you wanted to do so.

Instead, use the 24-hour drop box at Midland Branch Library – 805 SE 122nd Ave., a block south SE Stark St.

“This Ballot drop boxes like these are official and secure places for voters to deposit ballots for receipt at the Multnomah County Elections Division,” Eric Sample, with Multnomah County Elections told us.  “This box, and others like it at libraries around the area, will be emptied promptly at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. There are ballot drop-off boxes in all 17 Multnomah County Libraries.”

Additional library locations, easily accessible to East Portland residents, include:

  • Fairview-Columbia: 1520 NE Village St., Fairview
  • Holgate: 7905 SE Holgate Blvd.
  • Midland: 805 SE 122nd Ave.
  • Rockwood: 17917 SE Stark St.
  • Sellwood-Westmoreland: 7860 SE 13th Ave.
  • Woodstock: 6008 S.E. 49th Ave.

It’s too late to put on a stamp and mail your ballot! So Please, matter your choice of candidate, party or issue, do your part as a citizen and vote by taking your ballot to a drop off box, like we did!

© 2010 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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