Libraries Provide Good Option For Ballot Drop Off

Voters in southern Oregon have one day left to get their ballots in. Officials say it's already too late to attempt to mail them.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 6:35 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Voters in southern Oregon have one day left to get their ballots in. Officials say it's already too late to attempt to mail them.

As Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker explains, voters can drop them off at a number of locations. We have drop sites which are 24 hours a day, meaning they're open 24 hours a day at the public libraries," says Walker. "The Ashland Library, Phoenix Library, Eagle Point, Central Point, Rogue River. We also have a ballot dropbox right here in Medford out in front of our building at 1101 W. Main Street in Medford."

Walker also says security is a top priority and the first line of defense is signature verification. Every voter must sign the back of their ballot. This is then compared to the signature the county has on file.

"Every single ballot that comes to our office gets signature verified," explains Walker. "That is the test that we have to prove that you are the person who submitted that ballot or cast that ballot."

As an added layer of security, people sit in the elections office to oversee the process. They're called observers and Sarah Spansail was there today taking part.

"I think it's really just educating people, is the main thing," says Spansail. "Letting people see that this is an option out there. And you can come and just watch the whole process.

Walker also says the sorter does not have direct access to the centralized voter registration. All data must first go through two secure FTP sites. This creates another wall of security.

Some voters believe this election is one of the most important in a long time. Lynn Churchill has been voting since she was 21. She's now 82

"It's a very important election," she explains. "The most important I can ever remember. I think it's such a difference between the 2 parties and what they want that it's extremely important that people get out and vote."

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