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News Release
Lane County voters: return your ballots early - 10/23/20

Voters are urged to return their ballots as early as possible to ensure they are received at Lane County Elections by the 8:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, November 3.


In order to be counted, ballots must be received at Lane County Elections by:

  • Mail – Postmarks do not qualify ballots. Voters must mail their ballots with enough time for processing and delivery by the post office.
  • Official Drop Boxes – There are 20 official drop boxes located throughout Lane County that will be available to voters until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (November 3).


“It is incredibly important for voters to be aware of the Election Day deadline,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “If a voter doesn’t mail their ballot early enough to ensure the Elections Office receives it before the deadline, or fails to get it to an official drop box before 8:00 p.m. on November 3, their vote cannot be counted.”


Due to COVID-19, the Lane County Elections Office will be open to the public only on Friday, October 30; Monday, November 2; and Tuesday, November 3, Election Day. Check our web page at for additional updates concerning office hours. When open, visitors will be required to observe physical distancing guidelines; masks are required. The Elections Office has a small quantity of masks available for visitors that do not have their own.


On all other dates, the Lane County Elections Office is closed to walk-ins. Assistance is available over the phone at 541-682-4234 (weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and via email at Voters with issues that cannot be resolved via phone or email will be able to make an appointment to visit the Elections Office.



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