Campaigns all over but the voting

Volunteers push through finish line

By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin / @DylanJDarling

Published Nov 6, 2012 at 04:00AM

The day before Election Day, Democratic and Republican campaign volunteers were on the phone or on their feet — making calls and canvassing neighborhoods around Bend.

“Now is not the time to be tired,” said Mark Moseley, chairman of the Deschutes County Republican Party. “Now is the time to run through the finish line.”

Laurie Gould, chair of the Deschutes Democrats had the same spunk.

“There are still people out there that are possible supporters,” she said.

Politics aside, volunteers from both parties said they wanted to get people out to vote today if they hadn't already.

At the Deschutes County Republican Party headquarters on Northeast Third Street, Char Weichman, 67, of Bend, spent Monday afternoon calling voters who hadn't returned their ballot yet.

“Right now we are just saying, 'Please vote,' ” she said.

She called more than 100 voters Monday.

At Deschutes Democrats on Northwest Bond Street, Joanne Turner, 64, of Bend, dropped off a list Monday of homes she visited Sunday.

If people don't want to talk about specific candidates or races, she said, she keeps her message succinct.

“I usually just say, 'I want you to vote,' ” Turner said.

She stopped by about 40 homes during her canvassing.

On Election Day this year, voters will be casting ballots for everything from city council races to president, and both parties have been campaigning for months. The Deschutes County Republican Party set up its temporary headquarters in June, Moseley said. The Deschutes Democrats set up theirs in July, Gould said.

There is no campaigning at the Deschutes County Clerk's Office, but the nearing election made for a busy Monday, said County Clerk Nancy Blankenship.

“It was busy today and it will be more tomorrow,” she said Monday.

Along with voters dropping off ballots came a regular stream of people with election questions.

The most common questions came from people who hadn't received a ballot, she said, and were wondering how to fill out a replacement.

It's too late to register to vote in this election — the deadline was Oct. 16. But Blankenship said registered Oregon voters can still update their voter information and receive a ballot.

As of Monday, Blankenship said, 53.6 percent of the 99,040 registered voters in Deschutes County had already voted.

Ballot drop boxes

All ballots are due today by 8 p.m. at a drop box or a county clerk's office.

Crook County

Prineville

Crook County Clerk's Office, 300 N.E. Third St.

Drop boxes

Crook County Library, 175 N.W. Meadow Lakes Dr.

Crook County Treasurer's Office, 200 N.E. Second St., Suite 100.

Post drop box

Post General Store, 28550 S.E. Paulina Highway.

Powell Butte drop box

Powell Butte Community School, 13640 S.W. State Highway 126

Deschutes County

Bend

Deschutes County Clerk's Office, 1300 N.W. Wall St.

Drop boxes

Corner of Wall Street and Lafayette Ave.

Deschutes County Road Department, 61150 S.E. 27th St.

La Pine drop box

La Pine Public library, 16425 First St.

Redmond drop box

City Hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave.

Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.

Sisters drop box

City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Ave.

Sunriver drop box

Sunriver Area Public Library, 56855 Venture Lane.

Terrebone drop box

Terrebone Sheriff Substation, 8154 11th St.

Jefferson County

Madras

Jefferson County Clerk's Office, 66 S.E. D St.

Crooked River Ranch drop box

Administration Area, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Road

Culver drop box

City Hall, 200 W. First St.

Metolius drop box

City Hall, 636 Jefferson St.

Warm Springs drop box

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Fire and Safety, 2112 Wasco St.