Ballots are in the mail, but not everyone will get one

Ballots are in the mail, but not everyone will get one
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Ballots are starting to show up in mailboxes around Oregon and Southwest Washington ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

Oregon

In Oregon, not every voter will receive a ballot because it's a relatively sparse election that focuses largely on local issues.

In Multnomah County, for example, only a handful of all voters have issues that need to be decided. There are only measures on the ballot for the Gresham-Barlow School District, Corbett School District, Lake Oswego School District, Hillsboro School District and Riverdale Fire District.

Voters in those districts should get a ballot by Thursday, Oct. 24. If yours doesn't arrive, give the county elections office a call at (503) 988-3720.

Washington

All voters in Washington should receive a ballot because there are six state measures (two initiatives and four advisory measures). The two main issues are Initiative 517, which would set penalties for interfering or retaliating against signature gatherers and petition signers and Initiative 522, which would require the labeling of genetically-engineered foods.

There is also a county-wide election in Clark County.

Washington voters should get a ballot in the mail by Friday, Oct. 25. If yours doesn't arrive, call the state's election hotline at 1-800-448-4881.