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Final Reminder: Election ballots are due Tuesday, May 20

Election ballots for this year’s primary election are due at the Lake County Clerk’s office on Tuesday, May 20.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. that evening in order to be tallied for the primary election.

A ballot box is available at the Lake County Clerk’s office, and ballot boxes are also available at the Paisley Community Hall and Christmas Valley Community Hall.  A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy will pick up the ballots in Christmas Valley and Paisley and deliver them to the County Clerk’s office that evening.

Candidates on the ballot for the primary election include incumbent commissioners Ken Kestner and Dan Shoun, as well as challengers Lucinda Nolan and Kenny LaPlant, Sr.

The race for Lake County Sheriff, which includes incumbent Phil McDonald and challenger Mike Taylor, will be determined in the fall.

An additional deadline that same week is the petitioning deadline for the recall of Lake County Commissioners Brad Winters and Ken Kestner, and Sheriff Phil McDonald.

Chief Petitioner Orlando Gonzales must submit a total of 470 valid signatures by a deadline of Monday, May 19, to the Lake County Clerk’s office.

The Clerk’s office has 10 days to verify the signatures.  If proven valid, then the candidates for recall are notified and have the option to respond to the allegations or to resign.

Their response to the allegations will be included on the special election ballot, just as the chief petitioner’s allegations were included on the signature sheets for the recall.

A special election would be scheduled somewhere between 30 and 35 days of the five-day response period.  Such an election would likely fall within the month of June, she said.

For more information, contact the Clerk’s office at 541-947-6006, or watch for additional details in the Examiner.

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