Voters across the state will determine the fate of various local measures on Tuesday. In Washington County, voters in the town of Banks, those in the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue service territory, and voters in the Washington County portion of Lake Oswego will all have ballots to return to a ballot box before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A 24 hour ballot deposit site at the Banks Public Library. Photo: Chas Hundley
Time is running out for those who wish to vote in this year’s election, a small matter for Washington County voters, many of whom will not receive ballots due to lack of items to vote on in many jurisdictions.
The exceptions are in the banks; the sprawling territory of the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Service; and that part of Lake Oswego that is under the jurisdiction of the county. ddddd1
Should local residents renew and increase an expiring levy that pays for policing at banks?
This question will come as measure 34-306; on the ballot for those in the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District, which includes parts of Roy and Mountaindale, is measure 34-308. Voters in the portion of Lake Oswego that is in Washington County will also see several metrics relating to that city’s park system.
Learn more about the Banks measure and the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue measure in a previous article here.
The election ends at 8 p.m. on November 2; ballot boxes are scattered across the county. In Banks, a 24-hour drop-off site is located at the Banks Public Library, near the main entrance; Elsewhere in neighboring towns, a drop box is located on Pacific Avenue across from the Forest Grove Public Library and in North Plains at City Hall on Commercial Street. Other locations can be found by visiting the County Elections Division website.
Those using Oregon’s mail-in voting system should note that it is too late to mail a ballot. A recent law passed by the Oregon Legislature to allow the counting of ballots if they are postmarked on the date of the election has not yet come into force.
After January 1, 2022, House Bill 3291 will come into force, which means that ballots canceled on the date of the election will be accepted up to seven days after the election, a similar system that at least 20 other states are already using it, according to a list maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The first unofficial election results are usually published online shortly after the election closes; this newspaper will also publish the first results of the banking tax and the TVF & R obligation.
The next more widely held election will be the May 17 primary election, which will see a number of primary elections take place for legislative, governor, congressional and judicial positions. Several county positions are up for election, including those of Washington County President, and several commissioner positions, including Position 4 of the Washington County Council of Commissioners, the district encompassing Gales Creek, Timber, Banks, Buxton, etc. Incumbent Jerry Willey has sought re-election to his seat. Washington County President Kathryn Harrington has re-nominated for her seat at the top of the county’s political leadership.