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News Release
Have you returned your ballot? - 10/27/20

Have you voted but not returned your ballot to Lane County Elections?


Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail back their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than Tuesday, October 27. After that date, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart suggests voters return their ballots to one of the many official ballot drop sites available. Postage is no longer required.


A list of available drop sites is available online and enclosed with the voting material.


To be counted, all voted ballots must be received at the Elections Office or in an official drop site by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Postmarks do not qualify ballots.


It may take more time this year for the United States Postal Service to process and deliver ballots – making it critical for voters who choose to mail their ballots to allow adequate time for processing and delivery.


Betschart shared several important reminders for voters to follow as they get their ballots ready to return. “Please call our office if you have any questions prior to casting your vote,” she said. “We want to make sure all registered voters can have their votes counted.”


  • Each voter must sign the ballot return identification envelope that lists the voter’s printed name and address.
  • Sign the ballot envelope in the same manner as your most current voter registration card.


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 (Mon-Fri 9am-Noon and 1-4pm, Election Day 7am-8pm) 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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