By Chris Collins
About a fourth of Baker County voters already have marked their ballots and cast their votes in the 2012 General Election, Baker County Clerk Tami Green said this morning.
Nearly 23 percent of the 10,304 ballots sent out had been returned by Friday, Green said. Those that came in over the weekend had not been counted in time for this report.
Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, to submit their ballots to the Clerk's Office, but they should not plan to mail them in after Thursday, Nov. 1, Green said. Instead, after that date voters should plan to drop ballots off at any of these voting sites before 8 p.m. on election day:
andbull; The Clerk's Office at the Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third St.
andbull; The drive-through drop box on Fourth Street at the northwest end of the Courthouse.
andbull; The Baker County Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.
andbull; City Halls at Richland, Halfway and Huntington.
Green also advises voters who have not received a ballot to call her office at 541-523-8207. Ballots cannot be forwarded to people who have moved.
They must update the address on their voters registration cards in order to receive a ballot.
Oct. 16 was the last day to register, however, so ballots will only be issued to those who already are registered, Green said.
The Clerk's Office will mail ballots out until Thursday; after that voters will be required to go to the Courthouse to update their addresses and receive a ballot. They must do so in time to vote and meet the 8 p.m. Nov. 6 election day deadline.
Green says she expects turnout to be in line with past presidential elections, which would put it at about 84 percent.