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News Release
Have you returned your ballot? - 05/11/22

You’ve done the hard work of voting. Now, make sure your vote is counted by returning your ballot on time. There are two great ways to return your ballot to Lane County Elections:


Official Lane County Elections drop boxes


There are 21 official Lane County Elections drop boxes located across Lane County. A list of available drop sites is available online and enclosed with the voting material.


“We are excited to add a third Springfield drop box this year,” said County Clerk Cheryl Betschart. “As our communities continue to grow, we pay close attention to where more drop boxes are needed to provide easy access to as many voters as possible.” 


If you return your ballot to a drop box, it must be in an official drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.


Mail via USPS


Voters can use the postage-paid return envelope if they choose to mail their ballots back to the Lane County Elections Office. Ballots returned via mail must be postmarked no later than May 17, 2022. 


“Even though postmarks do count starting with this election, we still encourage voters to return their ballots early,” said Betschart. “Returning your ballot early does two things: it gives you the peace of mind that your ballot has been received and it helps Elections staff get a head start on processing ballots so we can be more efficient on Election Day.”


Before returning a ballot, voters should confirm they signed the ballot return identification envelope that lists the voter’s printed name and address.


As a reminder, voters in Lane County no longer receive a secrecy sleeve with their ballot. Your vote is still private. The return envelope is separated from the ballot before processing so that your name cannot be associated with how you voted. Eliminating the secrecy sleeve helps reduce paper waste and makes it faster to process ballots.


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




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