May Elections – The County Scene w/ Susan Morgan

May Primary Election

In odd numbered years, like 2015, the Primary election is usually a low keyed event. Missing is the media blitz that accompanies state and federal level campaigns when legislators, congressional reps and Presidential candidates are trying to get your ear. But, every election is important. This cycle serves to elect directors for local level positions on boards that govern our schools, college, fire, sewer, water, ambulance, parks and recreation, road, hospital, port and cemetery districts. Individuals who are elected to positions on these boards are directly responsible to the voters within the boundary of the district. These boards spend revenue raised by the district and set the level of service that patrons of the district will receive. To view the candidate’s filing document for each of the open offices, go to

The last date to file as a candidate was March 19th will be filled either by write ins on the ballot, or by appointment by a quorum of that district board. Votes will be counted on May 19th If you have moved or are not registered to vote, the last day to register for the May 19th election is April 28th Ballots will be mailed out between April 29th ballot by May 9th, and you think you should have one, absolutely call Douglas County Elections at 541-440-4252, or toll free within the county at 800-224-1619. The folks who work at the Clerk’s office are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They take our elections process very seriously. Douglas County is recognized across Oregon for the outstanding job that we do.

Your completed ballots must be received by the Elections Office by 8 pm on May 19th. Postmarks don’t count, so don’t put it in the mail unless there is plenty of time for the postal service to do their job. Last minute voters should not despair – there are plenty of ways to get your ballot in before the deadline. Drop site locations are listed at

A wise gentleman once said something that resonates with me: “Your opinion matters, but your vote counts!”

Please take the time to register, visit with the candidates, and cast your vote!

As always, I welcome your questions or comments. Please contact me by email at; by mail at Douglas County Courthouse, Room 217, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg, 97470; or by phone at 541-440-4201.

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