Walk Your Vote

The clock and calendar continue to move us closer and closer to Election Day.
 
I keep hearing from many people that they believe the stakes have never been higher with the outcome of this election, whether in Washington D.C., Salem, or right here at Lincoln County.

Oregon’s had a universal vote by mail system for more than 20 years, and it’s worked wonderfully—decreased costs, increased participation, and less fraud than with conventional voting. It’s been a nice steady machine, humming right along….until this year. 

This year, there are wide reports and concerns about slowdowns in the US Postal Service and their potential impacts on mail voting. Postal Service officials are saying that there will be no delay in getting ballots back to local courthouses in a timely fashion. 

But for those who don’t want to entrust their ballots to the mails, there’s a simple solution: 

Walk Your Vote. 

Walk Your Vote is a grassroots movement in Oregon and other states with mail-in balloting that encourages people to use official drop boxes, bypassing the Postal Service. 

It’s easy to join Walk the Vote if you live in Lincoln County. All you need to do is use one of the official ballot drop sites located throughout the county. 

Boxes are available at city halls in the following communities—Lincoln City, Newport, Depoe Bay, Siletz, Waldport and Yachats. Toledo’s ballot box is located in the Toledo Police Station parking lot. Additionally, a drop box is offered at Eddyville School on Election Day. 

All boxes are secured and their contents are picked up by elections staff. All you have to do to make sure that your ballot counts is to fill it out, sign it, and deposit it and one of these sites before 8.p.m. on Election Day. 

It’s simple, fast and secure. It’s safe, easy, and makes sure your voice matters. Your voice always matters. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

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