Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is getting the word out to area residents via social media and other avenues about a revamped centralized state website that makes it easier to track and follow results on election night.
“I’m very excited about the new site – you can see results at the state level or drill down to the county level,” she stated in a recent email to media sources, county employees and community leaders.
Gambee said the county will have a link to the website, called results.oregon
votes.gov, that has been upgraded by the secretary of state’s office to be more user friendly and informational.
The site will track the vote on all races and ballot measures in Oregon’s 36 counties and display them in one location.
“This is a great example of the state and county government working together,” Gambee said.
The county’s website, www.co.wasco.or.us, will also link to the state’s page for convenient access. She plans to post the first election results about 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and then again when a count changes the numbers, and before workers leave for the evening.
“I can post when I think the next count will be so people will know what to expect,” Gambee said.
The county’s ballot return rate stood at 44.94 percent as of Thursday night. Gambee said that percentage is down only slightly from 45.078 percent in 2012.
“It’s been fascinating to see how closely we are tracking to four years ago,” she said.
Her office mailed ballots in October to 15,812 registered voters in the county. Four years ago, Gambee said about 21 percent of the ballots were returned the day of the election. And in the 2016 May primary, she said 29 percent were delivered on election day.
“I’m kind of curious to see if people continue to follow the trend and wait until the last day for the drive-thru,” she said.
The Dalles Rotary Club will collect ballots from motorists on Tuesday and put them into Fifth Street drop boxes on Tuesday, beginning at 7 a.m.
Gambee plans to have a crew of staffers and volunteers working two shifts on election day to process ballots, the first from noon to 7 p.m. and the second from 8 p.m. until the count is finished, which was near midnight in May.
“I want to have people who are fresh when the final ballots roll in,” she said.
Gambee recommends that people now drop their ballots at the county courthouse, 511 Washington Street, or Maupin City Hall, 408 Deschutes Avenue, since mail delivery could make them late and postmarks do not count.