County Surprised by Low Voter Turnout

EUGENE, Ore. — The numbers are in from Tuesday night’s special election. Now the communities that had issues on the ballot are planning changes or cuts. There were plenty of surprise election results in Lane County– the passage of the public safety levy, the failure of the Eugene service fee–but maybe the most shocking result … Continue reading »

Eugene Service Fee Loses Support

EUGENE, Ore. — The most controversial and debated on this ballot was the city services fee. The preliminary numbers did not look good. The fee’s supporters gathered at The Bier Stein as those first numbers loaded up. With nearly a 2-to-1 vote against Measure 20-211, what may be tough loss for city officials is just … Continue reading »

Unofficial Election Results Released

Ballots are being counted in western Oregon counties for the May 2013 Special Election. Here are the results for some of the measures so far as of 9:30 p.m.: Lane County: Eugene City Fee: Yes: 32%, No: 67% Lane County Jail & Youth Services Levy: Yes: 56%, No: 43% Eugene School District Bond: Yes: 62%, … Continue reading »

Both Sides Battle for Service Fee Votes

EUGENE, Ore. — A controversial issue on Lane County’s May 2013 Special Election ballot is Eugene’s city service fee. As the clock was winding down, both sides continued to battle it out Tuesday for those last-minute votes. Whether it was making phone calls or passing out any remaining fliers, folks on both sides of Measure … Continue reading »

Voter Turnouts Low for Special Election

EUGENE, Ore. — Elections officials have been processing thousands of ballots as the Tuesday deadline for the special election approaches. As of Monday afternoon, voter turnout was just over 25 percent, but the Lane County Elections Office says it’s expecting better numbers by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voter turnout in Benton County was 13 percent, as … Continue reading »

Ballot Drop Sites Open Until 8 p.m.

Counties across Oregon that are taking part in the May 2013 Special Election need voter ballots by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. It is too late for voters to mail in their ballots. However, ballots can be returned to any of these official drop-off sites in Lane, Benton, Douglas, Coos and Linn counties.   LANE … Continue reading »

Special Election Voting Deadline Nears

EUGENE, Ore. — The May 21 Special Election is just days away. The Lane County Elections Office suggests you mail your ballot in by Thursday, May 16. But that’s not the official deadline. Voters can drop their ballots off at the elections office right up until 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Lane County clerk says the … Continue reading »

May Special Election Ballots Arriving

EUGENE, Ore. — There is one week to go until the May Special Election. Ballots are arriving daily. So far, in Benton County nearly 8 percent of registered voters have turned in ballots. In Coos County, 11.6 percent have turned in ballots. The voter return in Douglas County as of Monday is 16 percent. In … Continue reading »

Creswell Council Gets 2 New Members

CRESWELL, Ore. — The city of Creswell has two new council members, following nearly a month of drama with the city government. The decision came down Thursday night during the city council meeting. Brent Gifford and Adam Pelatt begin their duties next week. A few weeks ago, the city manager and two council members walked … Continue reading »

UO Student Group Files Bribery Grievance

EUGENE, Ore. — Four days into campaigning a University of Oregon, student group has filed a grievance against another student organization for bribery. Ducks for a Difference claims United Oregon is offering free T-shirts in exchange for votes. The grievance notes United Oregon is in severe violation of campaign rules. Here’s what both sides of … Continue reading »

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