Someone broke into a ballot drop box in Klamath County and apparently threw the mail-in ballots into a nearby dumpster over the weekend, according to the county’s clerk.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after around 240 ballots were taken from a box near the Klamath Basin Senior Center. The recovered ballots can still be counted, Klamath County Clerk Linda Smith said.

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“The State Elections Division has advised that the recovered ballots can be processed and counted,” according to the clerk’s office.

The office is encouraging anyone concerned about the status of their ballot to call the clerk’s office. Anyone whose ballot may not have been recovered and who doesn’t turn one in before the 8 p.m. deadline today can’t vote in the primary, said Molly Woon, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins.

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