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Herald And News: Low Turnout For Lake County Elections

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | Nov. 4, 2013 1:36 a.m. | Updated: Nov. 4, 2013 9:56 a.m. | Lakeview, Oregon

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LEE JUILLERAT/H&N Regional Editor

Voter turnout for a special Lake County election that will decide whether Lake County commissioners should be a non-partisan office is extremely low.

County Clerk Stacie Geaney said voter turnout Friday morning was only 27 percent, with ballots from 1,111 of the county’s 4,050 eligible voters. She said ballots being sent by mail likely will not be received in time. The voting period ends Tuesday.

“They’re taking a chance if they mail them in now,” she said.

At the request of county residents, commissioners agreed to allow voters to decide if commissioners should be non-partisan or elected from parties. Two commissioners, Brad Winters and Ken Kestner, are Republicans while one, Dan Shoun, is a Democrat. None of the three has expressed opposition to the change.

The wording of the ballot measure reads: “Should the position of county commissioner be changed from partisan to non-partisan?”

Ballots can be dropped off at the Lake County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Christmas Valley Community Center and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paisley Community Center.

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